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Jon maddog Hall
maddog at li.org
Thu Jul 21 16:17:05 EDT 2005
Again, we worry about the English (American?) language and its implications.
May years ago someone asked Linus Torvalds:
"Is it "leenux', "lynux" or "linnux"?
His answer is below.
Along those lines, a lot has been said if it should be "Free Software" or
I use the term "Free and Open Source Software", which means that neither
RMS or ESR yells at me (much).
I like what the South Americans do, by calling it "Software Livre!" (Portuguese)
or "Software Libre!" (Spanish), so I usually create the slide:
meaning that you choose either the "v" or the "b".
But more and more I believe that the real issue is the freedom that the source
gives you, so instead of just giving in and calling it something else, we should
go down a road of education as to why you should be using it, and then it does
not make any difference what you call it. Ergo, I am more and more a
"Free(dom) Software" person than an "Open Source" person.
Linus' answer to the question put to him? "I don't care what you call it as
long as you use it."
Jon "maddog" Hall
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