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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Useful background on FLOSS in education

From: Ramanan Selvaratnam
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Useful background on FLOSS in education
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 10:51:39 +0100
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ian wrote:
On Thu, 2003-08-28 at 08:34, Tom Coady wrote:

MJ Ray wrote:

Free Software is better

It is upsetting to see that misconceptions about free software which originated in European government reports are now being exported worldwide. I would not recommend that anyone distributes this report, but it provides interesting background into some other topics.

It would be interesting to know which parts of this document you are referring to; the worst I could find was a certain neutrality, but then I did not read all 49 pages or 168 references ;)

I read only the first 7 pages. It even proclaims Linux and FreeBSD to be open software operating systems!
Would it not be more meaningful to describe FreeBSD (atleast) as a free OS?

The introductions opening phrases are flawed...
'The `open' in open source software is intended in the
philosophical sense of `open or free speech' rather than as a free (ie no cost) product.'


and the article goes on to define Freeware and other models but not Free Software.

I think on balance its supportive. Ok, some bits are a bit lacking from
a purist perspective, but it certainly better than that QnetiQ study

This is not a purist perspective.
Yes, the QinetiQ study sucks.

that was floating about. The critical judgement is whether it will get
us more people converted to the idea of free software or fewer?

Where is the idea of Free Software in the first place?

Best wishes,


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