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Re: [ossig] FOSS - Free and Open Source Software



there is a local book on sale on open source, by judekin sdn bhd (or
something ) with foreword by Dr.M.

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From: <nsh@pop.jaring.my>
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Sent: Thursday, March 06, 2003 9:54 PM
Subject: Re: [ossig] FOSS - Free and Open Source Software


> On 6 Mar 2003 at 12:00, Dinesh Nair wrote:
>
> > their fundamentals are that the dual usage of "free" and "open" negates
> > the negative effects of economically free as well as negates the effect
of
> > people mistaking things like shared source as being open source. i think
> > there is a point somewhere here, especially since i spent the last 20
> > minutes in a debate with the FSF Europe about this difference.
>
> There is some value to including some reference to "free(dom)
> software" since many people now simply equate having source code to
> OSS without considerign the fundamental freedoms associated with OSS.
> Even the European Union in the its paper on OSS prefers to refer to
> it as FOSS.  This is the again one of the main reasons why the FSF
> rejected embracing the term Open Source and instead chose to stay
> with its original Free Software.
>
> However, having said that, we should now realise that there is
> already a considerable branding to the term Open Source and OSS and
> to change horses in mid-stream now may not be a good idea.  It will
> confuse the public and probably lead many of them to think that the
> OSS community is fragmented, fickle, not serious and cannot make up
> their minds.
>
>
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