Without Free Software, Open Source Would Lose its Meaning
Sep 28, 2009, 22:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)
"Matt states in his first paragraph what the key issue is:
"One of the most inspiring things I've witnessed in my 10-plus
years in open source is its gradual embrace of pragmatism. By
"pragmatism" I don't mean "capitulation," whereby open source comes
to look more like the proprietary world it has sought to displace.
Rather, I would suggest that the more open source has gone
mainstream the more it has learned to make compromises, compromises
that make it stronger, not weaker.
"When I interviewed Richard Stallman in 1999 this is what he had
to say on this subject:
"The only reason we have a wholly free operating system is
because of the movement that said we want an operating system
that's wholly free, not 90 percent free."