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Reddit Now Open Source

The popular crowd voting site Reddit.com in a major decision announced its intention to go open source.The new change in Reddit's policy is all set to bring in improvements to the site by independent programmers, while also allowing other sites to use Reddit's engine.

Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit, said that one of the main reasons behind that decision is the large programmer crowd frequenting the site. These very programmers are expected to participate in improving the site in a way similar to Mozilla.

By going open source, Reddit also intends to give its powerful rival Digg a run for its money. Reddit already has a reputation of more transparency than Digg for showing who is voting a particular story down, an option its powerful rival is lacking.

A lot of Reddit is based on open source material, and by open sourcing its code, Reddit wants to give back to the community, Steve Huffman said.

However, Reddit has decided not to make 5% of its codes public.

Reddit's code can be found at code.reddit.com

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.