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Re: [DotGNU]"Open source" is not what we do here

From: Matthew C. Tedder
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]"Open source" is not what we do here
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 00:09:45 -0800

Except that Free Software falls under the Open Source definition perfectly,
so it is a specific kind of Open Source.

It is perfect inaccurate to say that it is not Open Source--I think you mean
that it should be distinguished from other Open Source variants.

Isn't the only principle distinguishing factor that GPL guarantees that
derrivatives remain GPL-licensed?  That distinguishing factor is not
"different" from the Open Source definition because the Open Source
definition allows one the flexibility to do such things.  It's merely one of
the unlimited variations allowed under the Open Source definition.

Am I missing anything, because as far as I can see, this is all perfectly
and clearly verifiable.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Stallman" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Cc: <address@hidden>; <address@hidden>
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2002 7:53 AM
Subject: [DotGNU]"Open source" is not what we do here

> DotGNU is a free software project, part of the GNU Project.  "Open
> source" is not what we do, but many people think that it is, and we
> have to work hard to explain and remind them that it is not.  Your
> recent message which talks about activities in the name of "open
> source" would tend to encourage the mistake that we work to correct.
> In the future, if you send messages about open source activities,
> please preface them with something that acknowledges that DotGNU
> is a free software project, not an open source project.
> Your message mentioned an activity that Eben Moglen is working on.
> This is a free software activity, not an open source activity.
> When you write about it, please describe it as such.
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