Free software movement

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Free software is software that is made available under a licence that gives the user greater ability than is typical for proprietory software.

In order to fulfil these requirements access to the source code is essential, so free software is a type of open source software. The right to distribute the software may be subject to a clause that ensures that future recipients of the software have the same freedoms.

Examples of free software are the Linux operating system and the Apache web server.