[ubuntu-uk] BBC Radio4 'open source' computer software
ammonius.grammaticus at gmx.co.uk
Tue Jun 2 05:56:46 BST 2009
Dave Walker wrote:
> And for those that missed it, myself included:
Just listened to it. An implicit lesson in the difference between 'Open
Source' (=pragmatic - better ways to make money and advance corporate
interests) and Free Software (=principled - about ensuring individual
freedom and enabling sharing communities).
I found it telling that the BBC programme did not once mention either
Stallman, GNU, or the Free Software Foundation, despite lengthy
discussion of Linux and Torvalds.
A shame that it omitted half of the story. But then, I suppose, if you
construe democracy as a better way to do shopping, as the programme
seemed to want to do, it's hardly surprising you find Stallman inconvenient.
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