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4. You need full access to the source code
Although this issue is generally not of interest to the average user, I bring it up here because it remains a significant misconception about open source. Open source does mean you have full access to the source code of a program but it doesn't mean you need that access to use the software.
This is a myth that has persisted for a long time. Just because the source is out there and available doesn't mean it's necessary. In fact, users can go their entire life using open-source software and without ever having to touch the source. But should you or your company want to modify an application, the code is there when you need it.
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5. It's just for programmers
A lot of the public seems to think that because of the nature of open source, only programmers use it. That confusion may arise from the availability of the source code and the accompanying assumption that the availability of code means that only those who know how to read, edit, and rebuild that code can and should use it.
In fact, anyone can use open-source software with or without the skills to modify and rebuild the software. It's a safe bet that the most open-source users do not have a single programming language in their skillset.
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6. You're breaking the law by adopting open source
Thanks to SCO, people used to think open-source adoption might be illegal. But fortunately, all that changed when the SCO case was thrown out of court. The use of open-source software does not break any intellectual property laws. Not a single case has proved that open source has infringed on other, proprietary work. So it's safe to say that if you are using open source, you are not considered a law-breaking rebel.