Linked by David Adams on Wed 21st Mar 2012 18:03 UTC, submitted by gogothebee
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Good news, open source enthusiasts: as they've done with pretty much every one of the Android phones and updates, Samsung has posted the open source code for the Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Galaxy S II's operating system. While the update itself is only available in Europe and South Korea, any international version of the i9100 can apply it, and with the open source code ROM builders and other modders will be able to do more advanced ports and advanced ROMs."
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RE: Free software
by martini on Thu 22nd Mar 2012 13:10 UTC in reply to "Free software"
martini
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2006-01-23

Hi pysiak

I learned that the difference between Open Source and Free Software is just philosophical.

Open Source does not just mean "here it is the source code"

In legal terms Open Source and Free Software shared the almost same use licenses. You can see that the software licenses that OSI consider Open Source are almost the same than the software licenses that the FSF consider Free Software.

Any close source driver, it is not open source. Any binary blob it is not open source. Just showing the source code and not describing its use license it is not open source.

Any discussion of what is better, open source or free software it is just philosophical and differ a lot from person to person, that I why I prefer just to stick with the legal terms and the rules you have to follow on each license.

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