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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:40:16 +0100

Qua, 2006-09-27 às 03:54 -0700, v4vijayakumar escreveu:
> Why the split, FSF and OSI? OSI is free, but why FSF is not open? :(

The OSI was created as a "marketing" campaign with the explicit
intention of hiding the freedom part of Free Software, promoting the
consequences rather than the causes, thinking it would appear as a
better development model for businesses.

It could be argued that they had a degree of success. In fact the
popularity has increased a lot since those days.

However, if you keep promoting the consequences the causes are soon
forgoten and most people view it as being a matter of being
[technologically] better rather than a matter of rights.

Under this light, the success is rather shallow and rather easy to


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