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FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"

Nov 09, 2010, 15:04 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Linux hasn't got any Freer between the Linux-2.6.33-libre announcement, back in March, and the present announcement, that marks the release of Linux-2.6.36-libre. Linux now contains more non-Free Software, and more drivers in its Free core that require separately distributed non-Free Software to function. The welcome news is that Open Source advocates have joined the Free Software Movement in denouncing the practice of Free Bait or Open Core.

"OSI director Simon Phipps writes "Open Core Is Bad For You", "it's a game on software freedom", "it's a bait-and-switch, wrapping the same old lock-in in the flag of open source and hoping you won't notice." Bait-and-switch is a deceptive commercial practice in which one product is announced to attract customers, to sell another instead.

"OSI director Andrew C. Oliver adds that "Open Core puts the software user at a disadvantage in the same way that all proprietary software puts the user at a disadvantage"

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