Just a few of the myths about about open source are that it is a secret society, you have to be a coder to use it and it's not Windows-friendly.
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You Can Ignore the Source
There are some interesting things you can do by fetching, patching and compiling source code for yourself; all of this is completely optional. If none of this appeals to you, you can consume open-source software in 10
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