[oclug] [RANT] Wither Free Software?
Francis J. A. Pinteric
linuxdoctor at linux.ca
Wed Jun 18 11:22:43 EDT 2003
On Wed, 18 Jun 2003 11:07:04 -0400 (EDT)
"Rod Giffin" <rod at giffinscientific.com> wrote:
> How about FLOSS :) Free/Libre and Open Source Software. As opposed
> to freeware that has no open source, or open source that is not free,
> nor liberated... or some such. The term is being used more and more
> often in the past year due to its use by the European Commission to
> distinguish free, open source software from other variants in a major
> study in 2002.
> It is also beginning to be recognized by the Canadian Government as a
> legitimate class of software.
Sure, but it lacks propaganda value. It's got to have an emotional
charge to it, like the "Software Emancipation Movement" and "Freed
Software." Proprietary licensed software becomes "slave software" and
you become endentured to foreign slave owners by having to constantly
pay for upgrades or even pay renewable license fees. We are at war
We want to be able rouse the nation to say to Microsoft, "Ausländer
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