A challenge of open source search is that there are different flavors. A number of vendors have grabbed the phrase "open source" and have used it as part of a broader marketing campaign, adding confusion rather than clarity Open source means that a community of volunteers does the coding. The contributions become available to those who use the open source product. Search is a difficult term to define. The author will use the word search in this article to refer to finding needed information using a computing device. Armed with that definition, open source search boils down to the following: Software that may or may not incur license fees, legal liabilities, and various engineering and infrastructure costs that assist users in locating information needed to perform a task. The open source search trend the author is following is the use of open source technology proprietary software, and selective partnering.
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