March 6, 2007

Free software is nothing to fear

AlexGr writes "InfoWorld’s Neil McAllister says that open source might be becoming meaningless with so many companies that claim they are open source despite different business models and licenses. McAllister points to an essay from Richard Stallman who points out that free software is different from open source. Stallman writes that open source is merely a subset of what he calls "free software." He says: "the main initial motivation for the term 'open source software' is that the ethical ideas of 'free software' make some people uneasy." This makes it difficult for different parties to agree on what "open source" really means. He adds that “without a well-defined ideology to guide it, the open source movement can be seen as essentially rudderless.”"



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