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LinuxWorld Australia: Is "Free Software" Dead?

Sep 07, 2004, 23:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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"There are some people who are passionate about the differences between 'free software' and 'open source.' I'm beginning to wonder if the difference matters. The term "free software" came into use at about the same time that Richard Stallman quit his job at MIT, launched the GNU Project, and began writing the software that would eventually become the core of the free software community: emacs, the GNU 'C' compile (gcc), the 'C' libraries, and a few others.

"Richard wanted to give users 'freedom' and he called the GNU Project software 'free software.' For him, 'freedom' was primarily a social and moral goal rather than an economic one..."

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