"...the phrase open source is in danger of becoming a diluted,
meaningless word that conveys nothing beyond the source being
available. Perhaps you are new to the open source community or
maybe you have been here awhile, either way, chances are you may
not understand the full meaning of open source. That is why I think
it is crucially important to set the record straight before we
loose this term that so aptly describes this wonderful genre of
"When I started this consideration of the phrase open source, I
decided it would be best to start at the beginning. Open source was
coined to refer to a grouping of licenses such as the BSD license
and the GNU GPL, which are also known as "free software" licenses
(free in this case referring to free speech or freedom , not cost).
The idea, at least partly, was to move away from the troublesome
term "free software" which was oft confused as a statement of price
rather then freedom..."