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ITBusiness.ca: The War of the Words

Dec 13, 2003, 02:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The battle over widespread use of Free and Open Source Software has been won, judging by the reception that the Linux Professional Institute and the Free Software Foundation have received at the UN World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva this week. Now the real war begins, and there seem to be two main battles with which to contend.

"The first is over terminology and it is really more of a minor skirmish. It was exhibited in a panel discussion entitled 'Choosing Free and Open Source Software: a Constraint or a Solution?' The participants included Richard Stallman, founder of the FSF and the GNU Project. Stallman used the term 'fraternity,' or brotherhood, to describe members of the Free Software movement. Jean-Claude Guédon, of the Open Source Initiative, preferred the term 'solidarity.' That difference was ignored, although I would have to agree with Stallman. Although FOSS users and developers know that we are all creating something wonderful, we do not speak with one voice..."

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