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  • Ant

    Ant is an open source build tool (a program for putting together all the pieces of a program) from the Apache Software Foundation. Continue Reading

  • tarball (tar archive)

    Tarball is a jargon term for a tar archive - a group of files collected together as one. Continue Reading

  • free software

    Free software is software that can be freely used, modified, and redistributed with only one restriction: any redistributed version of the software must be distributed with the original terms of free use, modification, and distribution (known as ... Continue Reading

  • Bison

    Bison is a program that converts the formal description of a computer language grammar into a C language program that can parse the syntax and symbols of that grammar into instructions that the computer can execute. Continue Reading

  • Minix

    Minux (sometimes spelled MINIX) is an open source operating system with a user interface similar to that of Unix. Continue Reading

  • Single UNIX Specification

    The Single UNIX Specification is an industry standard description of the C language program and user command interfaces for a standard Unix operating system.Continue Reading

  • Cygwin

    Cygwin is an open source collection of tools that allows Unix or Linux applications to be compiled and run on a Windows operating system from within a Linux-like interface.Continue Reading

  • X Window System (X or XWindows)

    The X Window System (sometimes referred to as "X" or as "XWindows") is an open, cross-platform, client/server system for managing a windowed graphical user interface in a distributed network.Continue Reading

  • tar (Tape ARchive)

    Tar (for "Tape ARchive") is a UNIX shell command that creates a single file called an "archive" from a number of specified files or extracts the files from such an archive.Continue Reading

  • copyleft

    Copyleft is the idea and the specific stipulation when distributing software that the user will be able to copy it freely, examine and modify the source code, and redistribute the software to others (free or priced) as long as the redistributed ...Continue Reading

  • makefile

    A makefile is used with the UNIX make utility to determine which portions of a program to compile.Continue Reading

  • Free Software Foundation (FSF)

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) was founded in 1983 along with its demonstration GNU project.Continue Reading

  • pipe

    In computer programming, especially in UNIX operating systems, a pipe is a technique for passing information from one program process to another.Continue Reading

  • Emacs

    Emacs (pronounced EE-maks and sometimes spelled "emacs" or "EMACS") is a popular text editor used mainly on Unix-based systems by programmers, scientists, engineers, students, and system administrators.Continue Reading

  • ATA over Ethernet (AoE)

    ATA over Ethernet (AoE) is an open source network protocol designed to connect storage devices and servers in a storage area network (SAN). ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) is a standard interface for communication between storage devices; it is...Continue Reading

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