Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Sep 2006 13:59 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linspire In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond - one of the co-founders of the open-source movement - has joined the Freespire Leadership Board. Raymond believes desktop Linux is entering into a critical period, noting that historically, users have shifted operating systems during periods of fundamental changes in hardware platforms. He believes the PC vendors' embrace of 64-bit computing will provide desktop Linux a unique window of opportunity, which if missed, may not come along again for many years.
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RE[2]: Clarification
by JeffS on Wed 27th Sep 2006 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Clarification"
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"Business-friendly free software did not originate with OSI. Being a co-founder of OSI does not make one a "co-founder of open source movement,""

No, but the term "open source" originated with OSI.

" when the term "open source" is just a marketing term coined to represent an alternative to the FSF's philosophies that existed well before 1998."

And really, that was (and is) OSI's purpose - marketing - or giving businesses a warm fuzzy about using "open source software" or "free software", or however you want to call it.

Face it, as brilliant a programmer as Richard Stallman is, and as influential his GNU project, Free Software Foundation and GPL are, his going around yapping about "Free Software" typically repells businesses, and many moderate users who want to just use computers to get things done, or for play.

In geek/programmer terms, just consider OSI and the term "open source" as easy to use and transportable wrapper functions around the more prickely Free Software Foundation and the term "Free Software" API's. ;-)

And, once again, I'm not a big fan of ESR. He's an arrogant blow-hard whose technical knowledge/abilities are drawrfed by those of RMS or Linus Torvalds or Larry Wall or Andrew Morton or Guido Van Rossum or Alan Cox.

Nevetheless, ESR is highly visible, and he's a very good writer (he is very good at that), and he's been a constant advocate for open source. Give him credit for that, and Freespire for recognizing ESR's advocacy and writing abilities.

Edited 2006-09-27 21:41

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