Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Sep 2002 06:48 UTC, submitted by Cesar Cardoso
Red Hat "We see the desktop as only a piece of the entire operating system product; integration must extend beyond the desktop. We also believe that users care most about functionality and integration rather than the underlying technology. For these reasons, we have created a single desktop look and feel for Red Hat Linux rather than maintaining two unrelated configurations." Very good stuff over there from Owen Taylor, the Red Hat Desktop Team member.
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Re: Re: Spark
by Dekkard on Wed 18th Sep 2002 09:05 UTC

quite frankly, there is a HUGE difference between Free Software and Open Source...Open Source is about choice...Free Software is about control...kinda counter-intuitive...but you can thank Mr. Stallman for that

Not only control, but true competence between products. If you can see the changes in the source that another programmer / company did to your code, it's hard to make it worse, you can only improve it. Unlike BSD license, you have the guarantee the code won't go back, and all the advantages and improvements can be merged in the original application. Then it's the advantage to the buyer: the source code will always be there, ready to be changed if necessary, by him or someone he is ready to pay.

Anyway, "Free" applies to software freedom, not the freedom of the programmer, as in the source can't be "closed" and can be modified freely.