Subject: Re: free software vs. open source
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 10:22:21 +1100

IMHO, the difference is as follows:

"Free Software" is about ideology and a belief that software should be
free, as described in the free software definition.

"Open Source" as it is currently used is about the realisation that free
software is actually viable (more viable than non-free software, at any
rate) as a business model and from the point of view of the software
development process.  With this comes an admission that businesses may
be unwilling or unable to take a hardline "Free Software" approach, and
so there is some leeway for non-GNU licensing etc, as long as it meets
basic requirements as specified in the OSD.


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