Free vs. Open Re: OSI enforcement?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Tue Jan 8 23:45:33 UTC 2008

Ernest Prabhakar wrote:

> "What is the difference between 'open source' and 'free software'?"
> Hopefully we can come up with something Neutral-Point-Of-View that would
> help outsiders better understand the distinction.  Acceptable answers
> might be "Not much" and "It depends on who you ask." :-)

If we really want such an answer, how about just, "Free software is
software that grants the 4 freedoms
(  Open source software is
software that complies with the Open Source Definition

Matt Flaschen

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