American Linux Magazine on Free Software and Open Source

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at
Sun Sep 2 10:53:27 UTC 2001

Alessandro Rubini wrote:
> > I got an issue of the american Linux Magazine (August 2001) here in
> > Germany. Under section "In the trenches" on page 20 is an article called
> > "Taking the 'Free' Out of Open Source" from Sam Ockman.
> >
> > In this article Sam Ockman tries to motivate people to use the term "Open
> > Source" instead of "Free Software". [...]
> Yes, it's sad. It's a sad article because it really has nothing
> interesting to say, and sounds like unneeded polemics, leaving a bad
> taste in the readership. That's independent of the side that it takes,
> just publishing something about either side is bad, in my opinion, as
> there is no ongoing discussion in these pages.
> I just don't understand the move. On the other hand, the same issue
> of linux-mag has another interesting pair of pages: an adv by microsoft
> at pages 12-13, where they advertize "free-like-beer" stuff :)
> Just funny.

I have a copy of the magazine in the editorial they explain why they accepted
adv by Microsoft.

In the article of Sam Ockman, I've seen an explanation to why HE supported the
term Open Source against Free software when it was created rather then
predication to the use of the term Open Source against Free Software.

Simo Sorce
Una scelta di liberta': Software Libero.
A choice of freedom: Free Software.

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