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Re: A possible GFDL compromise: a proposal

Joe Wreschnig <piman@debian.org> a tapoté :

> On Tue, 2003-09-23 at 14:13, MJ Ray wrote:
> > On 2003-09-23 00:45:52 +0100 Andrew Saunders <syntaxis@gmx.co.uk> 
> > wrote:
> > > [2] Okay, this was just an extreme example. However: since I 
> > > personally
> > > believe that, Invariant sections or no, the term "Open Source" will
> > > *still* be more widespread,
> > 
> > Do you have numbers to back the claim that it is more widespread?  I 
> > thought only English had the free/free ambiguity enough to create a 
> > market for the more ambiguous term "open source".  I know that the 
> > damned term is being imported into other languages, sadly, but I 
> > didn't think it had got to the point of majority yet!
> > 
> > If you have no such data, please refrain from that claim.  It borders 
> > on trolling, given your to-list.
> http://www.google.com/search?q=%22free+software%22 - 4,840,000 hits.
> http://www.google.com/search?q=%22open+source%22 - 7,210,000 hits.
> And I'm pretty sure "free software" is used a lot more than "open
> source" in documents that have zero to do with free software or open
> source, in the sense of this discussion.
> And completely anecdotal, I'm the only person I know of that uses "free
> software" around here (University of Minnesota). All the professors use
> "open source" (or rarely, "public software", "freeware", or some other
> term), as do my friends and classmates.

I still did not get the point. Many many people seems to enjoy Britney
Spears. Does it mean that Britney Spears is wonderful?

Many people around me call the system we are using "Linux" while none
of us would be able to truly make the difference if we were using
another kernel with our GNU system, in most of the cases.

Many people in France thinks that Republic is something heavily linked
to Democracy, despite the fact the Republic model was clearly an

Something can be popular and also completely wrong.

Mathieu Roy
  Not a native english speaker: 

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