is the open source is really free?

July 17, 2010 9:09am CST
i downloaded a open source project from sourceforge net.. but it is protected with embedded certificate file. And i can make it executable and i cant modify.. the n why having such projects as open source project?... is it really all the projects from teh is really open and free to all... ? or what do they mean "open source project" when it is protected and cant developed further.
1 response
• United States
17 Jul 10
I'm not sure what you mean "protected with embedded certificate file", but if it is an executable then you cannot modify it. You actually need to download the source for the project. Usually these will be under "view all files" and are either .zip archives or .tar.bz2 archives. The second archive type is a linux type that Windows cannot open natively. Unfortunately, I can't recommend a good program to open these in Windows as I don't do much linux developing in Windows. The second way is to go to "develop" under the program name. There you can browse the code ftp style, request to join the project, file a bug report, and read the license and statistics on that particular project.