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osOpinion: Definitions For a Free and Open World

Sep 15, 2000, 07:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hugo Gayosso)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"The FREE SOFTWARE movement and the OPEN SOURCE movement are TWO DIFFERENT movements! They might share some methods, but the goals are DIFFERENT! Therefore talking about Richard Stallman's "open source philosophy" is incorrect, he is part of the Free Software Movement...."

"In other words, Open Source's main goal is about producing high-quality software, while the Free Software movement's main goal is to have software that is FREE (as in freedom). That doesn't mean that the Open Source movement is not worried about freedom, and that the Free Software movement is not worried about quality. It simply means that the priorities are different!..."

"The KDE/GNOME (or GNOME/KDE) issue shows exactly this, the KDE team wanted to develop a high-quality desktop environment, while the GNOME guys wanted to develop a 100% free desktop environment."

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