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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Amusing Free Software Story

From: Kim Tucker
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Amusing Free Software Story
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:57:34 +0100

I'd go with libre:

and work towards keeping it unambiguous:

Looking beyond software, The Free Culture movement associated with
Lawrence Lessig prides itself on having created an ecosystem where
people can decide what freedom means to them and use any Creative
Commons licence (including non-libre licences such as those with NC
and ND terms).

The "Libre culture movement" is the sub-set which defines freedom in
the same way as it is defined for free / libre software:

Ironically, the Libre knowledge article has been nominated for
deletion. So take a read soon in case it is:


PS Regarding "open" - too many MOOCs and other resources labelled
"open" which are anything but libre.

On 17 March 2015 at 21:22, Aaron Wolf <> wrote:
> "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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