Subject: Re: FW: OPEN Source
From: Ian Lance Taylor <>
Date: 28 Nov 2005 20:03:44 -0800

Ian Lance Taylor <> writes:

> "Todd Premeaux" <> writes:
> > Unless I am way of base, wasn't the term 'open source' used by a group of
> > people who gathered in the early days of Apple, to show what they have
> > learned and could do?
> No.
> The term "open source" (in the context of software) was invented
> because people found the term "free software" too confusing ("free
> software" is not free as in having no price, but free as in providing
> freedom to users; i.e., "free as in speech, not as in beer").
> Here is a history of the start of "open source" and the Open Source
> Initiative:

By the way, you can also find this basic history in the Wikipedia, at