[ubuntu-uk] BBC Radio4 'open source' computer software

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Tue Jun 2 14:52:38 BST 2009

alan c wrote:
> mac wrote:
>> Dave Walker wrote:
>>> And for those that missed it, myself included:
>>> http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00kp806/Inside_the_Virtual_Anthill_Open_Source_Means_Business/
>> 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.
> Some contact with bbc feedback is called for?

I have sent a new item to the Science BBC Message boards:

if it receives a number of supporting comments, all the better.....

alan cocks
Ubuntu user

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