Linked by David Adams on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 17:23 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source Free Software Magazine published an interesting lexicon of terms that are thrown around within the Free Software and Creative Commons worlds that have particular meaning, and might not be familiar to people who aren't open source or free culture advocates.
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RE[2]: Comment by Halo
by Halo on Wed 4th Aug 2010 13:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Halo"
Halo
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Google "free software". 7 out of the top 10 websites (excluding sponsored links) refer to 'freeware'. If you asked someone who had never heard of 'free software' what it meant, they'd think of 'freeware'. It's not clear and unambiguous. Free beer doesn't imply beer with freedom to most people. There's a reason why 'open source' and 'FOSS' exist.

The definitions about 'open source' and 'free software' aren't about morality. In fact, the FSF concede the difference is subtle, the main difference being where the emphasis is.

Liberated in contrast with proprietary software. Since the FSF regard proprietary software as immoral, perhaps the prison comparison is apt.

Just because someone has made a positive contribution doesn't make them immune from criticism. By creating the GPL and GCC, he helped bring computing forward. I don't think he has since.

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