[CrackMonkey] The right to bare legs
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Aug 24 17:26:30 PDT 2000
begin Paul J Collins quotation:
> I'm not a zealot. I am someone who realises that "open source" is a
Oh, come now. Even Stallman sees the logic of using that term as a
marketing term to appeal to business. (He just wants hackers to be
willing to recognise the importance of freedom when speaking among
> and a term that is more open to misinterpretation that the supposedly
> confusing term "free software".
Only if people cease referring the confused to
http://www.opensource.org/osd.html . So, Don't Do That, Then.
Likewise, I refer people to
http://www.debian.org/social_contract#guidelines if they're unclear on
the meaning of "free software". The fact that the two documents'
substantive content is basically the same is a nice fringe-benefit,
but the _point_ is that both are clear and as precise as can be
reasonably achieved, and render both terms meaningful enough for
> That's why "open source" is so insidious. It is easy to write a
> definition that encompasses anything you like.
Which is why it's important to insist on the OSD as the canonical
> I'm not confused. "Open source" is a business model with a vague
> idelogical underpinning based on apocryphal evidence. Free software
> is a philosophy whose application has yielded a large body of useful
> software and the opportunity to be free of petty proprietary concerns.
The licence criteria are identical. The marketing differs.
Cheers, "Open your present...."
Rick Moen "No, you open your present...."
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