[OT] RE: [Israel.pm] Are we open source advocates ?

Oron Peled oron at actcom.co.il
Sun Jan 4 05:34:29 PST 2004

On Sunday 04 January 2004 14:35, Offer Kaye wrote:
> But just because Perl uses by default the Artistic License does not make it
> any less open-source. It does perhaps make it less *free*, as in the
> definition given by the GNU Foundation, but we were talking about
> Open-Source Software here, not Free Software.

A common confusion: Open-Source-Software and Free-Software defines the
same class of software. They both give you the rights to:
   - Use for any purpose
   - Distribute for any purpose
   - Modify and redistribute modification for any purpose
   - Create derived work for any purpose

The only difference is in ideology (or advocacy if you want):
   - Free: because freedom (liberty) matters.
   - OSS: because it "get the job done" better.

So, like you said, maybe Baird is unknowningly an OSS advocate ("perl
is exceptional"), but definitely not a Free-Software advocate.

> ...
(otherwise a good and clear replay)

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