Free Software / Open source concepts
listes.pichel at free.fr
Fri Feb 15 23:39:41 UTC 2008
Le 15 févr. 08 à 21:28, Matthias-Christian Ott a écrit :
> So what's the new perspective?
I understand that Bogdan felt a difference in the presentation of the
Open Source movement, if opensource.org is representative of it, is
driven by a way of developping software as it is stated in the first
sentence of their website : "Open source is a development method for
The Free Software freedoms are not claimed for their philosophy, and
respect to the user, but presented as an efficient way to develop good
It's relying extensively on the fact that communities exist around
sofware in order for them to live, and wa could maybe say that the
movement is driven by those communities.
Nothing in what has been said having to be taken as a negative
judgment about Open Source Initiative, but merely a statement.
On any gnu site, you'll be told about those fundamental freedoms given
(back) to the user.
Even if in the end these all boil down to the four primary freedoms,
the two give us different approaches, and even philosophical point of
view, of Free Software.
If in my opinion I'd stick to the GNU philosophy, I have to admit that
the pragmatic approach of OSI ensures a better penetration in the
world of business. As Free Software are really growing at the moment,
it's not that unusual to see different styles poping up, by the way
showing that it's beeing appropriated by different and new people,
eventually philosophically far from the original idea.
It's a kind of natural consequence of the spreading of an idea which
we could also observe in other areas.
So Bogdan, if you want to advocate and spread Free Software around
you, I think the best way is yours whatever it is if it fit both you
and your audience ! Sounds like a zen stanza :-)
The only things that you'll always have to repeat are those four
freedoms to educate people understand that the 'free' as in beer can
only be possible because of the 'Free' as in speech, which is the most
Free Software can be developped by a single one, but they often live
better when supported by an active community after.
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