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[News] Free Software is the Backbone is "Open Source"

  • Subject: [News] Free Software is the Backbone is "Open Source"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:45:59 +0100
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Without Free Software, Open Source Would Lose its Meaning

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| Moreover, if the term âopen sourceâ becomes devalued, 
| coders and users will become disillusioned, and start 
| to desert it. The former will find the sharing 
| increasingly asymmetric, as their contributions are 
| taken with little given in return (something that may 
| well happen even to open source companies using the 
| GNU GPL if they demand that contributors cede their 
| copyright, as most currently do). Users will similarly 
| discover that some of these new-style âblurredâ open 
| source applications fail to deliver the promised 
| benefits of control, customisation and cost-savings.
| But, of course, the point is not âto go mainstreamâ: 
| as Stallman said, it's about having âfreedom as a 
| principle.â Spreading free software is about spreading 
| *free* software, not free *software*: software is 
| simply the means, not the end.



RMS says Debian Mono decision 'risky'

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| The founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Matthew Stallman, has
| termed Debian's decision to include Mono as part of its default desktop task
| a move that "leads the community in a risky direction."
| [...]
| Red Hat's community Linux distribution, Fedora, recently decided to throw out
| Mono altogether from its default install, and replaced Tomboy with Gnote.
| While pro-Mono zealots often claim that it is possible to obtain a
| royalty-free, reasonable and non-discriminatory licence for the use of
| Microsoft patents which may be part of Mono, in reality, it is extremely
| difficult to even find out how one can do so.

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