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    Open source

    I just had a question. How can I take a peek at the open source code and if I wanted to modify it a little how do you do that? What programing language would I use.
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    Re: Open source

    For which project?
    Which is more important in obtaining the truth, "what" or "why"? Trick question. They are of equal importance.
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    Re: Open source

    there is launchpad, where you can find many opensource projects with their source code available for browsing.

    http://launchpad.net

    find your favorite project and start the feast.
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    Re: Open source

    Then there's sourceforge.net, code.google.com, github.com, koding.com, and several others in numerous langauges.
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    Re: Open source

    I have Ubuntu 12.10. I will soon be upgrading to 13.0. I have another dumb question. Is it possible to see closed source programs? I know its technically not legal to mess with it. I'm just asking if it's possible just to look at it.
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    Re: Open source

    Is it possible to read a book? Well, yeah, but only if you have a copy of the book. Having the movie on DVD isn't enough.

    Is it possible to read source code? Well, yeah, but only if you have a copy of the source code. Having a compiled program isn't enough.

    It's not possible to take a program distributed in binary format and extract the source code: you can't just open an .exe file and view the source for Photoshop. But if some disgruntled Adobe employee leaked the Photoshop source code onto TPB or something, you could download it (though doing so might be illegal, depending on the license and where you live).

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    Re: Open source

    What I was thinking was that I would be able to view closed source code with some text viewing program. But I thought it would be encrypted or something like that or just unviewable. I'm new at this stuff that's why I'm asking.

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    Re: Open source

    Quote Originally Posted by Tesseract007 View Post
    What I was thinking was that I would be able to view closed source code with some text viewing program. But I thought it would be encrypted or something like that or just unviewable. I'm new at this stuff that's why I'm asking.
    No, you can't do that. You would just get a lot of gibberish. The source code is not saved in the executable files. The compiler translates it to machine language. It's a language that a computer can execute but it's not human-readable. You can try and see for yourself
    Code:
    gedit executable_file
    Windows is not user friendly,it's just user familiar

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    Re: Open source

    You would have to reverse engineer and decompile the proprietary executable, which would be highy illegal and probably violate at least 35 laws (give or take a few 30). Then, you would be able to view the source code, although it would probably still not make sense.

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    Re: Open source

    ...Unless the proprietary program is written in an interpreted language, which they usually aren't because it's hard to keep it proprietary in that case. But viewability really depends on whether the language is compiled or interpreted.

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