After 10 Years: What is Open Source?
Jun 25, 2007, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"In our earlier article, 'Facts and Friction on Open Source and
Free Software' we have explained where 'Open Source' is coming from
and what is its relation to Free Software and the Free Software
Foundation that represents it. One of the points made was that the
term Open Source deliberately de-emphasized a certain aspect of
what defines Free Software as originally specified by the FSF in
order to make Free Software, albeit under the new term, better
appeal to the business world.
"A lot of the criticism to the new term came, obviously, from
the Free Software Foundation and the movement that aligns with it,
as they believed (and continue to believe) it is wrong to hide one
of the most important things that make Free Software what it is,
the freedom that goes with it and which is the sole reason for
which the Free Software movement started. They also say that the
term, despite there being an Open Source Definition, would in minds
of many simply mean the availability of the source code and not
much more than that..."