Objective of IFSO Re: [Fsfe-ie] stuff from the past week [adelaney at cs.may.ie]

Niall Douglas s_fsfeurope2 at nedprod.com
Fri Oct 31 02:59:09 CET 2003

On 29 Oct 2003 at 11:41, Georg C. F. Greve wrote:

> So my suggestion would be to go with "Free Software" or -- if you feel
> more attached to that one -- "Libre Software."

Being very pedantic here, but that should be "software libre" as 
continental languages reverse the noun and adjective. GNU gets this 
one right.

My own ha'pennies worth - "open source" software can just as much be 
a copy of MS Windows with source as anything less restrictive. Open 
source software doesn't imply improved terms & conditions for the use 
of software, and I think any naming scheme must do this.

I don't like "free software" much either because I don't think 
software should be free in money terms. I strongly disagree with the 
services model of generating software as something inherently bad for 
software, society and long-term sustainability.

Ideally I'd like a term reflecting that the /use/ of software must be 
as free as possible whilst maintaining a viable & sustainable revenue 
model. How about we maintain the 1500 year tradition of Ireland 
improving on the status quo by being a little bit better and use 
"fair use" software? This term I believe most accurately describes 
what we all agree upon.


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