The 2% discussion - "Free Software" or "Open Source Software"
Adonay Felipe Nogueira
adfeno at hyperbola.info
Thu Nov 16 13:25:51 UTC 2017
I vote for using terms that define our values, not neutral ones.
Personallyq, I'm an activist, not an user. I want to spread my
values, not rely on neutral term just "to reach" more people. If I reach
more pople in the process, that's OK, but not a priority for me as
free/libre software activist. I don't care for the "quantity" of people
I reach for, I care for the "quality" of my message and the "quality" of
I also try to copy/transport/mimic my personal values in my projects or
in the projects I contribute to, so that I'm always "nitpicking" by
mentioning the importance of free/libre software *philosophy* over time
--- over and over when I have the chance, time and patience to do so.
If however, I feel that I'm in an environment/project where it mainly
focuses on "open source" (no matter if they use terms such as "fre/libre
software" or "open source"), despite also doing the same thing as
described in the previous paragraph, I sometimes feel less motivated to
continue working on that project or tend to take/view the project's
product/result with a grain of salt.
Finally, Stallman also states () that supporters/followers/proponents
--- and projects supporting/following --- free/libre software
*philosophy* should avoid both "FOSS" (because of the misleading "free"
part which reminds people of "gratis") and "FLOSS" (because it's too
 <http://audio-video.gnu.org/video/2015-10-24--rms--free-software-and-your-freedom--seagl--speech.ogv> (under CC BY-SA 4.0).
Matthias Kirschner <mk at fsfe.org> writes:
> Hello all,
> I thought you might be interested in that blog post:
> Scott Peterson from Red Hat this week published an article "Open
> Source or Free Software". It touches on a very important
> misunderstanding; people still believe that the terms "Open Source
> Software" and "Free Software" are referring to different software:
> they are not! Scott asked several interesting questions in his article
> and I thought I share my thoughts about them here and hopefully
> provoke some more responses on an important topic.
> Would be interested in your views.
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