BROOKINGS, Ore. — C&K Market here is about a month away from becoming one of the few retailers to go live on an open source database system. “Open source” refers to any software whose source code is made freely available to users or developers, who can then modify it as they see fit. It stands in sharp contrast to licensed or proprietary software, which is under the control of its creators. The Linux operating system is perhaps the most famous example of open source software; it has ...

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