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O’Reilly: Whence the Source: Untangling the Open Source/Free Software Debate

“The battle for ideological control of computing’s next wave is
being waged between two factions. One seeks to increase the
collective IQ of the software development community by loosening
industry’s grip on intellectual property. The other wants to do
away with intellectual property altogether.”

“In one corner stands the Free Software Foundation, conceived,
championed, and largely engineered by the impracticably messianic
Richard Stallman. In the other, the Open Source Initiative,
advanced most prominently by the cantankerous, opinionated, and
confrontational Eric Raymond. Both leaders are longtime
programmers. Both are significant contributors to Internet culture,
each with his own high place on the heap of information-age
theoreticians.”

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