Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - News > Syndicated Linux News
User Name
Syndicated Linux News This forum is for the discussion of Syndicated Linux News stories.


  Search this Thread
Old 08-08-2007, 03:46 AM   #1
LXer NewsBot
Registered: Dec 2005
Posts: 89,322

Rep: Reputation: 87
LXer: Merging "Open Source" and "Free Software"

Published at LXer:

Due to the increased diffusion of "Open Source" as a term this article suggests its gradual phase out in favor of the original "Free Software" term and renaming of the Open Source Initiative into "Free Software Business Initiative".

Old 08-08-2007, 04:06 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: CentOS, OS X
Posts: 5,131

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Sounds like somebody not having enough "something to do". In my opinion "Open Source" is far more descriptive and clear than "Free Software", so the name usage would only depend on where it's used. Why not both? Open source is open source, whereas "free software" can mean a dozen things ("free" itself needs clarification all the time, a lot more than "open").
Old 08-08-2007, 04:27 AM   #3
Registered: Apr 2006
Posts: 280

Rep: Reputation: 31
"Free software" is absolutely an ambiguous term. I think I tend to use "open source" even when I mean "free software" because I think it is overall a much better name.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: Displaying "MyComputer", "Trash", "Network Servers" Icons On A GNOME Desktop LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 04-02-2007 08:31 AM
LXer: Open-source IP PBX becomes easy-to-use "software appliance" LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 01-04-2007 06:03 PM
LXer: In response to "Free Code For Sale: The New Business of Open Source" LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 04-28-2006 11:33 PM
LXer: Fraunhofer IAO releases a report entitled "Open Source Software: Potential for Use and Economic Efficiency" LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 02-13-2006 11:02 AM
Can you explain the difference between "Free Software (GNU)" and "Open Source"? vharishankar General 5 03-03-2005 09:40 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:48 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration