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

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]"Open source" is not what we do here
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 01:51:04 -0700 (MST)

The free software movement and the open source movement disagree on a
basic philosophical question: is non-free software ethically wrong?
For them, non-free software ("closed source") is a suboptimal
solution.  For us, it is a social and ethical problem, and free
software is the solution.  For more explanation, see

There are projects which operate under the banner of open source and
want to be known as open source projects.  DotGNU is part of GNU; we
fly the banner of free software and want to be known as a free
software project.  We do not want people posting on our mailing lists
to get in the habit of saying "open source", because that would lead
the public to associate DotGNU with the wrong movement.

The open source movement is welcome to whatever opinion it may have
about our work and our licenses.  The GNU Project was here before
them, and we have our own criteria for what licenses should say.

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