The 2% discussion - "Free Software" or "Open Source Software"

Carmen Bianca Bakker carmenbianca at
Thu Nov 16 14:47:25 UTC 2017

Adonay Felipe Nogueira schreef op do 16-11-2017 om 11:25 [-0200]:
> Finally, Stallman also states ([1]) 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
> neutral).

Important to note is that he does prefer "FLOSS" for neutrality[2]:

> Thus, if you want to be neutral between free software and open source,
> and clear about them, the way to achieve that is to say “FLOSS,” not
> “FOSS.”
> We in the free software movement don't use either of these terms,
> because we don't want to be neutral on the political question. We
> stand for freedom, and we show it every time—by saying “free” and
> “libre”— or “free (libre)”.

Carmen Bianca Bakker
Technical Intern
Free Software Foundation Europe e.V.

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