open-source vs. open source

Subject: open-source vs. open source
From: "Jill Mohan" <jillemo -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:05:53 -0400

It's Friday and my mind is incapable of reasoning this out alone.
If the rule for compound modifiers is this: namely that if the compound
modifier comes before the noun it modifies, then it better be wearing its
hyphen. If it comes after the noun, then it doesn't need its hyphen?

Orca is an open-source software package.

This software is open source.

Thanks much!

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