Subject: Re: Open Source vs opensource
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 11:02:07 -0800

Quoting Paolo Ciarrocchi (

> We were discussing about his strong interpretation of "opensource".
> He's considering this word as "source code available" but with no relationship
> to licences and right to modify the code.

The latter concept is most reasonably labelled "source-available
software" or "viewable software".

When someone tries to call that "opensource software" and claims it's a
distinct and legitimate separate concept, I detect the smell of used cow
food around that, and strongly suspect someone attempting to encroach
proprietary offering onto the domain of genuine open source in a rather
sleazy and transparent fashion.