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

From: Barry Fitzgerald
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]"Open source" is not what we do here
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 07:34:40 -0500

"Matthew C. Tedder" wrote:
> Yes... However, many are likely to view "Free Software" and "Open Source" as
> the licenses, not the movements untill you begin changing context in the
> discussion.
> I think it would be more prudant to say "Free Software Movement" or "Open
> Source Movement" when that is, in fact, what we are discussing.
> Clarity of terms is much too often an issue among these two, overlapping
> communities.  Why do we say "Free Software", for example, when we could more
> clearly say something like "Freed Software"?  I think that some slight
> modifications to these kind of terms often eliminate the mass and repetitive
> confusion so many have, so frequently.
> --Matthew
> > "Free Software" and "Open Source" are not just categories of software
> > licenses, they are also the names of two different movements that
> > disagree on basic different philosophical questions.  DotGNU is
> > affiliated with the Free Software Movement, not with the other.
> > We want to have no uncertainty about this.
> >
> > People are welcome to contribute to DotGNU regardless of where their
> > personal views on this subject may be, but giving the wrong impression
> > about which movement DotGNU is affiliated with is not welcome.
> >
> >
> >

I think that it's a far better idea to spread the ideology and community
distinctions than it is to propogate a misunderstanding.


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