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From "Antonio Gallardo" <>
Subject RE: [OT] What is OSS [was: Cocoon Stammtisch]
Date Tue, 20 May 2003 10:38:06 GMT
Andrew Savory dijo:
> Hi,
> On Tue, 20 May 2003, Matthew Langham wrote:
>> > WRONG! IT IS NOT! Open Source != "I get the source code to look at".
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> Of course you are right in that is how OS is defined "by the book". I
>> was only implying that the actual term is often used very differently
>> (and wrongly)!
> This confusion is why the die hard advocates say "don't say Open Source
> say OSI Open Source", since various marketing organisations co-opted the
> term "Open Source" and it can't be trademarked properly to protect it.
>> > The term "open source" is used flexibly only by those who don't know
>> about it, but OSI does not approve licenses 'flexibly' at all.
>> Yes OSI says this - correct. I was not implying differently. In
>> particular I was not implying that the mentioned use of "open source"
>> conformed to anything.
> Better yet is the definition "Free Software", and the Free Software
> Foundation definition at 4 points is far more readable than the OSI
> definition at 10 (!). Given that most definitions are derived from the
> FSF one, it's a good starting place.
> The term Free Software refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of
> a program:
> * The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
> * The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your
> needs. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
> * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour.
> * The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to
> the public, so that the whole community benefits. Access to the source
> code is a precondition for this.

To add some more info, here is some links to the GNU:

Categories of Free and Non-Free Software:


Antonio Gallardo

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