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Re: Revisionist Open Source

From: Rjack
Subject: Re: Revisionist Open Source
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 11:29:37 -0500
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Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
"I never imagined that the Free Software Movement would spawn a watered-down alternative, the Open Source Movement, which would become so well-known that people would ask me questions about
'open source' thinking that I work under that banner."; Richard

Even though the BSD license was first used in 1980, and the first use of the GPL license was in 1988, the outright lying and revisionist propaganda efforts of the Free Software Foundation continue to this day.

Where exactly did RMS imply that the BSD license was written
before the GNU GPL?

The Open Source movement was created after the Free Software
movement, you can ask ESR about that.

The conceptual underpinnings of "open source" and its benefits
predated ESR -- you're indulging in revisionist history again. The
term "open source" wasn't formally coined until 1998 around the code
for Netscape Navigator -- long after computer program source code
was openly available. Playing with the word "movement" until it fits
your particular definition is constrained by *real* open source
philosophy and history.

The Computer Science Research Group (1977-1995) at Berkeley was one
of the root source communities underlying open source software. The
Free Software movement was "spawned" by MIT's Richard Stallman and
his attempt to co-opt open source code licensing. By no stretch of
the imagination did the CSRG co-opt the closed socialist goals of
RMS -- that's simply revisionist bullshit from Stallman worshippers.

Rjack :)

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