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From: Daniel Carrera
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]PHILOSOPHY file
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 13:39:39 -0500 (EST)

I think that it's a good idea, but I request that you not bash Open
Source.  They are allies, not enemies.  Also, mention that Open Source
SOFTWARE is the same as Free Software (the Open Source Definition is a
copy of the Debian Free Software Guidelines).

RMS posted on this list just a while ago.  That email would be a good
start for the PHILOSOPHY file.  I would only add a distinction between the
ideologies and the software.

Just my 2 cents.


On Tue, 26 Mar 2002, Silvernerd wrote:

> Hi everybody,
> would it be a good idea if we would attach a 'PHILOSOPHY' file to the
> programs?
> My idea is that such a philosophy file would contain a notice saying
> 'this is Free Software NOT Open Source software' and an short
> explanation of the differences between the two.
> Also such a file could contain information about the philosophy behind
> the specific DotGNU program, the philosophy behind the DotGNU project
> (AKA why we do this) and an introduction of the GNU project and
> FreeDevelopers. And of course it should contain links to related
> webpages.
> Such a file could make more users aware of the true meaning of free
> software and could rally support for us. This will be especially useful
> once we start supporting the Win and Mac platforms since the users there
> usually don't even know of the existence of Free Software and Open
> Source. And if our stuff gets used in uni's then the file could get the
> students enthusiastic.

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