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Builder AU: Stallman: The Great Divide Between Free and Open Source Software

Oct 10, 2004, 21:00 (12 Talkback[s])
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"The terms 'free software' and 'open source' are often used interchangeably, but those attending Richard Stallman's presentation at the Australian Computer Society Victorian branch forum last night were left in no doubt about his view of philosophical difference.

"The benefits of open source are presented in terms of practical values such as reliable software, he said, but the free software movement prefers freedom to utility. This, he explained, is because free software can always be improved, but you can't regain the freedom you lose by using non-free software..."

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