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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Amusing Free Software Story

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Amusing Free Software Story
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:22:55 -0700
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"Freedom software" is acceptable enough… indeed "free software" is
broken in that you can't even search for it reliably because of the
confusion over the term.

Here's my take:

I think "libre" is the best overall word, but that the continued
existence of competing terms means we should embrace them all — as long
as we're clear that we're not doing so to be neutral, that we stand for
the ethical values of software freedom and not merely the "Open Source"
values of code-development processes.

On 03/17/2015 12:13 PM, Patrick Anderson wrote:
>> It boggles my mind that
>> these simple and so important ideas about software and freedom, which are so
>> obvious to me, are so far out of the reach of so many people.
> It boggles my mind that we refuse to acknowledge most people *already*
> understand the term "Free Software" to mean "Freeware".
> Why are we so damn stubborn about such an unimportant detail that
> almost instantaneously causes nearly universal confusion?
> Why not coin a new term to overcome that simple hurdle?
> I propose the term "Freedom Software".  It is more descriptive
> and will likely even create a certain amount of curiosity.
> As it is, we are trying to call a rose a cabbage and wondering
> why nobody gets it...
> Sincerely,
> Patrick Anderson
> Economic Systems Engineer

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