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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 00:57:49 +0100

Alistair Davidson wrote:
> 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.

Wow, my message showed up! The last couple hadn't, I was beginning to
think about emailing an admin...

Alisitair Davidson

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