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May 30, 2001, 15:00 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

This is a theme that's been gone over many times, but one more time shouldn't hurt: ITWorld's Joe Barr presents a primer on the differences between Open Source and Free Software -- and more importantly, why the differences matter. To wit:

If you're ever confused by, or mixed up the terms, "open source" and "free sofware," this is for you. It's a primer on the topic of what they are, how they are alike, and how they are different. So if you've heard of the GPL, but are not exactly sure what it is or what it does, this is for you. Armed with what you learn here, you will be much less vulnerable to the veritable barrage of FUD that the Redmondian Empire is hurling at the whole open source/free software world.

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