2 Mar 2001
(updated 2 Mar 2001 at 19:46 UTC) »
You, too, seem to misunderstand the difference between free
software and open source.
Take a look at this FSF page. Here's my quick explanation.
Specifically, free software does not require that the
software be copylefted. Even RMS acknowledges that
X-licensed software is free software.
In general, free software is the same software as open
source software. But the emphasis is different. The free
software movement emphasized the freedom to do whatever you
want with software. This scares companies, so the open
source movement deemphasizes this (though it's still in the
OSD) and emphasizes the improvement in code that you get
from having many people work on your code.
History: "Open source" as a term came about because of
ambiguities in the term "free software". Unfortunately,
it's just as ambiguous, as shown by people thinking SCSL
software is open source.
Well, my delightful wife got me springies.com for my
birthday. It's the domain name that came to me in a dream.
I don't have any real hosting for it right now... just the
domain name and some free services from the registrar
somewhere else. I want to switch to DSL and run the domain
from home, but haven't gotten fully into DSL Roulette yet.
More fun with mmm-mode.