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

“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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