Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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It's simple...
by Victor on Mon 20th Dec 2004 01:13 UTC

Lumbergh et al have a very practical and technical view of the software world. I don't know if you'll ever be able to change that.

To me, software is much more than that. You say that people who doesn't view software as a practical issue (as you do), are the people who thinks "FOSS is a religion".

Well, it's not "religion", that's a very bad name to give it. But, still, to me FOSS has a lot of ideology and philosophy in the concept itself.

Thus, thinking of free software as simply "a software with source code avaliable", is an over-simplified way of thinking about free software.

Similarly, i think it's bad when people compare proprietary software with free software just by their technical abilities ("get the work done", as you love to say it). Because free software is much more than some lines of code; free software is, above all, about freedom; it's about being free to "get the work done".

Victor.