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Oct 23 2009   3:56PM GMT

Open source — hyphenate or not?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

Which is correct?
Open source describes any software whose source code is in the public domain or that is copyrighted and distributed under an ______________.
a. open source license
b. open-source license

Answer: b

Because open-source is an adjective here, it should be hyphenated.

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