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LinuxWorld: 'Free' or 'Open Source'--Which Kind of Software Do We Need Most?

Oct 22, 2003, 11:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Bedell)

"In many ways the differences between the Free Software and Open Source software movements have more to do with social goals than the software itself. The Free Software movement had its roots in Richard Stallman's initial effort to create a 'free' operating system. This effort led him to quit a job at MIT and begin working on it full-time. His primary goal and motivation was to create something to which all users had free and open access and that could be inspected and modified by the users themselves.

"He quit his job to dedicate all his time to this and to ensure that MIT would have no possibility of copyright or patent claims based on any of the work he did..."

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