Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 12th Sep 2007 04:14 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Here is an interview with Richard Stallman about a range of free software topics including GPLv3 and comment on the Microsoft patent issue. Stallman has a go at Linus Torvalds even suggesting that if people want to keep their freedom they better not follow Torvalds. From the interview: "The fact that Torvalds says "open source" instead of "free software" shows where he is coming from. I wrote the GNU GPL to defend freedom for all users of all versions of a program. I developed version 3 to do that job better and protect against new threats. Torvalds says he rejects this goal; that's probably why he doesn't appreciate GPL version 3. I respect his right to express his views, even though I think they are foolish. However, if you don't want to lose your freedom, you had better not follow him."
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Interesting read...
by pcummins on Wed 12th Sep 2007 05:06 UTC
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2005-07-10

The article lucidly details a few queries from Richard. Most people get confused over the GNU/Linux vs Linux moniker and why Richard's fighting hard to get the recognition the GNU project deserves.

The other issue is that Open Source != Free Software (Open Source can be Free Software, but most likely it's a subset of it depending on which license you use - hence Richard pushing GPLv3 to ensure the freedom of software according to the GNU requirements).

Another issue is the mixing of free/non-free software (ie, in GNU/Linux distros). Personally I think it's acceptable for users to make their own decisions whether that installing that binary-only driver is all OK, but I give respect to the efforts given to have a 100% free distribution.

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RE: Interesting read...
by pinky on Wed 12th Sep 2007 10:46 in reply to "Interesting read..."
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2005-07-15

>The other issue is that Open Source != Free Software (Open Source can be Free Software, but most likely it's a subset of it depending on which license you use...

No most likely Open Source and Free Software is (technically) the same. 99% of all Open Source license are also Free Software licenses and vice versa.

There is a huge different if you compare the ideas behind it but technically they are (almost) the same.

>Personally I think it's acceptable for users to make their own decisions whether that installing that binary-only driver is all OK, but I give respect to the efforts given to have a 100% free distribution.

Basically i agree with you. The problem arises where the user can't make their own decision because has has no choice.

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