Subject: Re: UnitedLinux and "open source"
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2002 23:24:04 -0400 (EDT)

Andy Tai writes:
 > "Free software" means a well defined set of software. 
 > Whatever you define is not relevant, if it is not
 > compatible with the well accepted meanings of the
 > community.

But it is.  Go to any free software developer and ask her if she
thinks I've defined free software.  Ask if she can think of any
freedoms I'm missing, or any freedoms I'm requiring that shouldn't be

 > different languages of the world.  The fact that you
 > do not speak Spanish, etc.,

?Como se dice?

 > is not a valid justification for attacks on the term "Free (libre)
 > software" or the refusal to use it,

It's so much easier to make accusations than to check to see if
easily-available facts disprove them:

 > In fact, the English-speaking population should be
 > responsible for adapting a word into the language if
 > no sufficient words exist at the present.

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt, but it didn't fit.  Lookit,
Andy, if you want to fight that battle, go ahead.  Don't expect to be
able to recruit me.  I cannot tell you how utterly disinterested I am
in helping you.

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