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Open Source

software with free source code

What is Open Source?

Open source is software with source code that can be publicly viewed, modified and used within the framework of open source licensing models (Wikipedia).

The open source definition brings together ten characteristics of open source software. Prominent examples of applications are Linux, LibreOffice and GIMP. The programs may be subject to various open licenses, which may differ, among other things, in the "copyleft" (the user's obligation to place any editing of the work under the license of the original work).

Open Source at the TU Chemnitz

Working with open source products is strongly anchored in the daily work at Chemnitz University and accordingly also in the University Library. The University Computer Centre (URZ) maintains many open source services and makes them available to all members of the University. These include, for example:

  • Scienitfic Linux as operating system for servers and desktop computers, including free application software like LibreOffice, Firefox/ Thunderbird, Gimp etc.
  • PostgreSQL and MySQL as database management system
  • OTRS as ticket system
  • GitLAB as software for the version management of software projects on the basis of Git
  • TUCcloud, cloud solution based on the free software Nextcloud
  • Wordpress as blog software
  • GNU Mailman, as management software for e-mail lists
  • Foswiki as a platform for structured wikis

The university library also uses free software solutions and applications:

  • finc, a discovery system based on the free software Vufind
  • Opus 3 as software for university bibliography
  • OJS (Open Journal System) for the creation and management of Open Access journals
  • OpenRefine, an application for data cleansing and conversion to other formats
  • Zotero as a literature management program
  • Gephi for visualization and analysis of social networks