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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by Moulinneuf on Thu 28th Sep 2006 07:31 UTC in reply to "Clarification"
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The open source movement is an offshoot of the free software movement that advocates open source software as an alternative label for free software

The "open source" label came out of a strategy session[3] held at Palo Alto in reaction to Netscape's January 1998 announcement of a source code release for Navigator. The group of individuals at the session included Christine Peterson who suggested "open source" and also included Todd Anderson, Larry Augustin, Jon Hall, Sam Ockman, and Eric S. Raymond. They used the opportunity before the release of Navigator's source code to free themselves of the ideological and confrontational connotations of the term free software. Netscape listened and released their code as open source under the name of Mozilla.

A group of people interested in free software and GNU/Linux decided to introduce a new marketing term for free software, seeking to position it as business-friendly and less ideologically loaded. This led to creating the term "open source" and a schism with Richard Stallman and his Free Software Foundation.

Raymond was president from its founding until February 2005; Russ Nelson replaced him for one month, but after some controversy he resigned and Michael Tiemann became interim president.

"The term "Open Source" was a reaction "

No , it was a marketing tool. Not a reaction against , but a marketing Tool for Free Software and help it gain momentum in the Business world of CTO , CIO and CEO.

"So, ESR has a history of taking the more pragmatic, business palatable stance on open source software"

No , ESR as the history of screwing up VA Linux Systems , Open Source , Free Software and being really shifting on its stance and strategy going with what he perceive to be the Feeling of the moment.

"and thus is probably a good fit at the Freespire board. "

Time will tell , judging from history NO , but he could have changed.

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