Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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RE[2]: Abolishing Misunderstandings
by lemur2 on Tue 24th Mar 2009 22:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Abolishing Misunderstandings"
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Mr. Stallman has absolutely nothing to do with the open source initiative. He's an important figure in our free software movement. "We're NOT the Judean People's League - we're the People's League of Judea!"

To be fair ... that is not really a valid criticism.

Open source software ~= everyone has permission to read and use the source code.

Free software ~= everyone will always have permission to read and use the source code.

A small difference, perhaps, but nevertheless an important one.

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