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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Re:GNU/Linux, Linux Divide

From: Alistair Davidson
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Re:GNU/Linux, Linux Divide
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2002 00:43:57 +0100

Alex Hudson wrote:
> On Tue, 2002-04-02 at 14:56, Anthony Ogden wrote:
> > But I can see why average Joe-Windows (or other closed OS) users can get so
> > confused and scared by all this stuff when they, like me, might talk
> > about Open Source then find they should be talking something else, and
> > then find out that someone says their OS is not called what they
> > thought it was.
> The reason people here make a big deal of Open Source vs. Free Software
> is because of the essentially political nature of the subject. The
> definition is important - although you see OSS and Free Software as the
> same thing (according to the OSD, they should be the same thing), in
> practice people call all sorts of software Open Souce. Free (as in
> speech) Software doesn't get confused like that.

Freud called this the "Narcissism of Litte Difference". It's really a
very minor issue.

Alistair Davidson

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