ESR: Terminology Wars: A Web Content Analysis
Jul 05, 2004, 22:00 (19 Talkback[s])
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"I collect statistics on the Web usage of the terms 'open
source' and 'free software,' and show evidence for the
- "Among software developers and in the technology trade press,
use of the term 'open source' dominates use of the term 'free
software' by 95%-5% or more.
- "On the general Web, the ratio is 80%-20% or more.
- "The gratis/libre ambiguity in the term 'free software'
produces about an 80% false-positive rate in Web searches.
- "Use of the term 'free software' is in long-term decline, and
older or obsolete pages form a larger part of its share than for
"In this paper I take no position on what I believe should be
the case or what terminology pepple should use, I simply report