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[4]: Comment by Halo
by Halo on Wed 4th Aug 2010 13:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Halo"
Halo
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You are very confused. Please read the parent article or FSF's site.

You don't seem to understand that the terms "open source" and "free software" mean nearly the exact same thing. BSD/MIT, GPLv2, GPLv3 and the Apache License are all examples of "free software" (FSF-approved) and "open source" (OSI-approved) licences. 'Software freedom' is about the ability to run, study, and redistribute code.

Copyleft, however, is different. Copyleft is forcing redistributors to provide a user-modifiable copy and associated right when they redistribute. GPLv2 and GPLv3 are copyleft licences, whereas BSD and the Apache License are not.

I never said that the FSF have 'control' over 'free software' projects. They do, however, have control over the canonical meaning of the term 'free software'. If they adopted the term 'open source', they would lose that control.

Edited 2010-08-04 13:48 UTC

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