Re: [OT] Free software vs non-free, here we go again
On 09/30/2015 07:37 AM, email@example.com wrote:
The letter of the law my dear Shylock, the letter.
But in spirit, Open Source and Free Software couldn't be more different.
The one is about a more efficient software production model, the other
about the user's rights.
But such "spirit" things are difficult to grasp at times :-)
In practice, and technically, most Open Source software is Free, and all
Free Software is Open Source. But watch those folks in a corporate
environment awkwardly avoiding the F word -- or read Bruce Perens, one
of those who coined Open Source writing that in hindsight it may have
been a mistake to realize that the people behind those flavors are
This whole (OT) discussion perverts the meaning of the word "free."*
In common usage, the word "free" means you do not have to pay money for it.
Therefore, the example given above is incorrect: all free software is NOT
open source: Firefox and Thunderbird are prime examples of free software
which is not open source that probably most users of Linux are using today.
They[re _free_ becasue you didn't have to pay for it. simple as that.
* The American Heritage Dictionary shows "free" first in regard to
slavery, or arrest, etc. It goes on to discuss politics and free vs.
dictatorship. It eventually gets to "costing nothing; gratuitous:
_a free pass." All of these are certainly in common usage, but the
idea of "free" applying to software that one may share seems to be
unique to some Linux users. If you were to ask the average American
what his first definition of "free" would be, I would bet that he'd
say, "You don't have to pay for it."