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Is Linux really free software?

Nov 11, 2010, 15:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

[ Thanks to Sam Varghese for this link. ]

"Is the Linux kernel really free, as in freedom? Or is it following the "open core" model defined by Andrew Lampitt in 2008, as claimed by Alexandre Oliva of the Free Software Foundation Latin America? marky_boi 10 Posts Since 2009 Doesn't really resonate with me, I like the amalgam of software. As long as it works and on the whole the source is… Oliva (below) is the maintainer of the Linux-libre project, which releases a version of the kernel with no non-free software. Earlier this week, Oliva issued an announcement on behalf of the FSFLA, claiming, "Linux now contains more non-Free Software, and more drivers in its Free core that require separately distributed non-Free Software to function." Quoting from articles written by Open Source Initiative directors Simon Phipps and Andrew Oliver, to support his argument, Oliva said: "The welcome news is that Open Source advocates have joined the Free Software Movement in denouncing the practice of Free Bait or Open Core.""

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