Definitions: The Comprehensive Guide to Open Source For Business

These definitions supplement the Comprehensive Guide to Open Source for Business.

Open Source – denoting software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified.

Upstream (noun) – The originating open source software project upon which a derivative is built.

Maintainer (Committer) – An individual who is responsible for organizing code into source repositories, committing patches, and building the source code into binary packages for distribution.