Software Licenses

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Open source software is software for which the original source code is freely available and may be redistributed and modified. In addition to providing access to the source code, open source software must comply with a number of criteria, among them free distribution and no discrimination against persons, groups, or fields of endeavor.

MIT License
The MIT license allows people to do anything with your code with proper attribution and without warranty. This is the most common license for open source applications written in Ruby on Rails. When software is released under the MIT license, you can download the code, modify it as you want, and even build a new commercial product using the underlying code. The only condition is that there is no form of warranty provided by the original developer, so whatever happens when you use the code is your own problem.