[TUHS] Open source or free software? (was: man Macro Package and pdfmark)

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at lemis.com
Wed Feb 19 14:52:21 AEST 2020

On Tuesday, 18 February 2020 at 13:39:22 -0500, Steve Nickolas wrote:
> I always understood "open source" to mean this: you have access to the
> code, you can share it, you can modify it, and any combination of the
> above (including commercial exploitation; basically a restatement of
> Stallman's freedoms in simpler words).

I don't see those words as simpler.  Ask any (wo)man in the street
what free software is, and they'll come up with a reasonable
approximation.  As them what open source is and far fewer will know.
At the very best it's only intelligible in a limited environment.

And of course here in Australia, Open Sauce is a completely different
homonym.  rms won't touch it either:

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