Use of "open source" in website name

John Cowan cowan at
Thu Jun 12 17:31:11 UTC 2008

Cinly Ooi scripsit:

> > Ethically, nobody should use it in a way that could reasonably be confused
> > with the software term.  There are already such uses: in intelligence
> > work, an "open source" is a source of information that anyone can obtain,
> > like a newspaper.
> >
> Is your example of intelligent work an example of "confusion" or  an example
> of other use of "open source"?

"Other use".  I agree that my wording was confusing.  By "intelligence" I do
indeed mean military or national intelligence.

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