DRAFT FAQ: Free vs. Open

Russ Nelson nelson at crynwr.com
Fri Jan 11 23:45:33 UTC 2008

james cook writes:
 > first time that I have felt compelled to post though. For me
 > personally that description is spot on.

For you, maybe.  Not me.  "Open Source" is all about the freedom of
software developers to grab any piece of Open Source code they want,
and the freedom of software users to share any Open Source code they

The reason we avoided saying "freedom" for so long is because WE DID
NOT WANT to be confused with the Free Software Foundation's moral
judgements of software hoarders.  We don't judge people as immoral
simply because they choose to restrict the distribution of their
software.  The Free Software Foundation does.

Open Source is now a well-enough established name on its own that we
can say "It's all about the freedom, baby".

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