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Re: [LUG] Hello, Introduction
On Thursday 23 Sep 2004 20:53, Neil Williams wrote:
On Thu, Sep 23, 2004 at 02:02:48PM +0100, Adrian Midgley wrote:
On Thursday 23 September 2004 08:55, Simon Avery wrote:
Is it safe to ask why you dislike open source? As a concept or merely
as a method of development?
It shouldn't be trivialised in that manner, nor should it be compared to
something that starts a war!
The difference between Open Source and Free Software is PRACTICAL - the
fundamental difference is inherently simple:
Who controls the future of your work?
Under Free Software, if you distribute someone else's work you are
required to maintain the freedoms of all users of that work, whether or
not you modify the code.
Under Open Source, if you distribute someone else's work, you can
prevent any user ever seeing the code, including any modifications.
This is why there is Open Source code in Microsoft Windows that has been
modified but the source code is not available - nor is there any need
for Microsoft to do so.
I think it would be more accurate to say that Open Source encompasses a wider
spectrum of licensing conditions than Free Software. The crucial difference
seems to be that while what we call "Free Software", e.g. GPL, mandates that
derivative works maintain the same license as the original, The Open Source
Definition merely states that this must be allowed. So Open Source compliant
licenses may also allow closed source derivatives.
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