DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open

Charlie Poole charlie at pooleconsulting.com
Wed Jan 9 23:39:29 UTC 2008

> > One point that might be added is that the "free software" 
> perspective 
> > seems to prefer certain free licenses over others on philosophical 
> > grounds.
> > While folks more aligned to "open source" may have individual 
> > preferences, there is no systematic leaning in favor of particular 
> > open source licenses.
> Hmm, maybe.  I added a link to the FSF's "copyleft" page:
> > Philosophically, the term "free software" is often 
> associated with an 
> > ideological position on how software should be available (cf.
> > copyleft licensing), whereas "open source" more commonly reflects a 
> > pragmatic concern regarding how software should be developed.
> > However, this may or may not matter to a particular speaker, so be 
> > cautious about reading too much into the distinction.
> >
> How's that look?

Yes, a link is probably better than an explanation here.


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