Terminology (was: Please review our new charter)

Bernhard Reiter reiter at fsfeurope.org
Wed Feb 4 08:44:02 UTC 2009

On Dienstag, 3. Februar 2009, list at akfoerster.de wrote:
> > can you give me examples of software that is Free Software but not Open
> > Source or OS but not FS ?
> For example Open Watcom is Open Source, but not Free Software.
> http://opensource.org/licenses/sybase.php

Evaluating which license or other conditions best ensure the four freedoms
is a ever ongoing process (at least because legislation changes from day to 

So there will always be examples where the leading experts are not sure about.
To me the leading experts are the major FSFs, Debian and OSI.
(At least those are the ones putting in significant time evaluating software
and licenses.)

Step back a few steps and this does not change the overal picture:
There is Free and un-free Software. 
Some groups use a different word for Free Software.


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