Please review our new charter

Noah Slater nslater at
Mon Feb 2 13:55:15 UTC 2009

On Mon, Feb 02, 2009 at 02:21:53PM +0100, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> On Sonntag, 1. Februar 2009, jamesmikedupont at wrote:
> > we have a new charter for our new Free Software, Open source and
> > Wikimedia organization,
> >
> > The idea is to create a local organization that promotes and supports
> > * free/libre software
> > * open source
> Note that for software, "open source" is just a different word
> for "free Software".
> (The people use those different words for the same status of the software
> out of different motivations.)
> The way you wrote it above, it looks like you believe those are two different
> things, they are not.
> It is a bit like saying, oh I like to eat apples, les pommes and äpfel.

Not at all.

Open Source is a development method, Free Software is a political movement.

Both of these things produce software as a byproduct.

They can, and should, be treated differently.

Noah Slater,

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