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Journal Short Circuit's Journal: Zealotry 3

Open Source. Free software. I don't completely understand the difference, but I still get tired of people dumping dirt on other people just because they have a different philosophy on how to write software.

Business practices, sure. Greed and gluttony, sure.

But we all have our own priorities. I've been told that I'll eventually "grow up" and stop insisting on using Linux. But my reasons for using Linux no longer focus on the fact that I can see the source code, or that I can change the source code, or that other people can see and change it.

While those still play a major role in my decision, I think my biggest reason for using GNU/Linux is that it works better, and I can only expect it to improve.

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  • the irony (Score:3, Interesting)

    by gearheadsmp (569823) on Wednesday February 18, 2004 @04:19PM (#8319883)
    I think the irony lies in some of the biggest names in the Open Source world not being *gasp* GPL'd. Apache, Mozilla, OpenSSH, Lilo, etc. I think the meaning is that not only does a project need to have it's code available, it's developers need to be open minded to suggestions from their users/customers. This means adding code and patches that originate from that products community.
    • I suppose the most glaring example I can think of is pro-BSD and pro-GPL people grownling at each other.

      Every time I see the phrase "Well, it's not really free, is it?" or something like it... And that one's said by both sides.

      Some people's idea of "free" means "free from being hidden", and others' idea of "free" is "freely available to use however you want."
  • Open Source. Free software. I don't completely understand the difference,

    Why not ? All it takes is around ten minutes reading their webpages. I'll attempt to describe it to you.

    The difference is one of philosophy, the difference lies in the answer the two movements gives to the answer "why should I use and/or release software under an open/free license ?"

    Open Source people will emphasize the practical aspects. They will say, you should do so because availability of source-code makes it easier to fix

The shortest distance between two points is under construction. -- Noelie Alito