Larger includes the lesser?
ramanraj.k at gmail.com
Tue Apr 12 09:51:24 CDT 2005
Richard Stallman wrote:
> But, "FOSS", "Free and Open Source Software"
> terminology have been given currency by many people in the free
> software movement, and there is little point in objecting to use of
> that terminology.
>We don't object when people use the term "FOSS". It is a legitimate
>way to refer to the free software and open source movements together,
>without taking a side between them.
What would be neutral between "Linux" and GNU/Linux? When people use
"Open Source" terminology while marketing Free Software, they invariably
also use "Linux" to refer to the GNU/Linux operating system.
OSI openly says that "Open Source" is a marketing program for Free
Software. They seem to highlight only the practical aspects of Free
Software, and that seems to work well on some people. Would it not mean
that there is only one movement, the free software movement, which
obviously includes all our "Open Source" friends? "Open Source" friends
may have some issues with some of us (mostly they sound private or
personal), but generally we can't have any issues with them. "Linux" vs.
GNU/Linux is sure to end in a compromise, once Hurd is ready, and we may
just use the more sophisticated GNU operating system, that runs on HURD
The larger movement always includes the lesser or newer, and this
approach should help us while building project teams or organising
events in India and elsewhere too. HTH.
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