[Fsf-friends] Re: open source or Free software (!!!)

Krishna Pagadala krishnaact@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Fri May 19 13:03:19 IST 2006

>    here I intended to say Open Source and not merely Free Software
  I am confused. What do you actually mean? Can you please clarify.
  Broadly speaking. The term "Open Source" is used by people who do not  want to talk about freedom, or who are unaware of the ethical aspects  of software freedoms. In the words of Richard Stallman "it  [open source] generally doesn't call attention to freedom very much".[1]
      The term "Free Software" is used by people who value  software freedoms and who talk about those ethics. This list is a FSF  list, and hence I have a small request that people care about the  terminology.
  "Free software, as defined by the Free Software Foundation, is software  which can be used, copied, studied, modified and redistributed without  restriction."
  Founder of the Free Software Movement

malovika roy <malovika at gmail.com> wrote:  Krishna, Didnt know it was a big deal... here I intended to say Open  Source and not merely Free Software. I maybe layperson but I think the  crux of that mail was not to open a debate of whats appropriate  sounding "Free" or "Open"...

and thanks for the link Lakshmi.


>      Please use Free Software on this list, or atleast FOSS.
> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#Open
> Why ``Free Software'' is better than ``Open Source''
> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-software-for-freedom.html
> -Krishna
> There have been attempts like the little league
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/little_league/
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