Subject: Re: improving project maintainership
From: Roberto Teixeira <maragato@kde.org>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 15:09:22 -0200

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Em Ter 12 Fev 2002 14:13, Jonathan S. Shapiro escreveu:
> From: "Richard Stallman" <rms@gnu.org>
>
> >     They are instead, members of the open source community.
> >
> > There is no separate open source community...
>
> We cannot be in the same community, because the part (the free software
> community) cannot contain the whole (the open source community).

Unless the open source community is a part of the free software community? I 
have always considered myself a member of the open source community. However, 
I do value the freedom aspects defended by RMS and the FSF. Almost every 
piece of software a ever created were released either under the GPL or under 
LGPL. I have only very specific pieced of code under BSD-style licenses.

The reason I am an open source advocate instead of a free software one, is 
that I share RMS' dream of an all-free-software world, but I don't believe in 
it. Even though I would very much love to see free software dominate, I don't 
see this happening. Not soon, at least.

The way I see it, the open source initiative has more potential in creating 
freedom than the FSF. That's because the FSF scares businesses away. The OSI 
attracts businesses and gets them more open to the whole free software idea.

And that's why I believe that maybe the OSI is a part of the whole free 
software community, as we have the same goal, but we are trying to do it in a 
different way, we are opening the way into the corporations.

These are indeed part of one single community. One single objetive, but with 
different strategies.

	Roberto.
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