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Re: [school-discuss] Re: [seul-edu] Software Freedom Season
From Burkhard Woelfel, Thu Oct 03, at 7:32:
.I have a serious problem with promoting the term "Open Source"
.though, because I think the infectious quality of the GPL is crucial:
.Once Free Software, always Free Software. Please correct me if I am
.wrong: "Open Source" is a trademark which refers to the Open Source
.Definition  , which does not demand that viral feature. That does
.not say that software compliant to the OSD must be badly licensed.
.But whenever I read "Open Source[TM]", I think of the BSD-licensed
.code that is working inside my medieval MS Windows installation.
.Such a kind of derivative work is not my definition of "Open
I know something about that gpl 'viral' feature, but i am not an expert to
tell which cases it is the best license to use. I do not want (i am not
qualified to) to discuss such topic in detail, but i am rather sure that
different licenses best fit different kind of software applications.
.I see no such problems with the term "Free Software". It may not be a
.trademark, but it is easy to explain.
.I stick to "Free Software", and whenever I don't want to raise an
.argument I simply specify the license I am talking about. I have
.found the discussions far less emotional talking about licenses, not
Let me notice that a cultural movement cannot be stated in a software
license, rather it requires the formulation of a set of principles and
methods, that necessarily are to be interpreted by a large community and
pass through different cultural contexts that make them grow.
If you stick to a license, you will esperience diffuculties in discussing
with your collegues (software programmers or sys admin, i guess) and much
more with people with a different background.
In short, I am interested in a cultural movement, even at the risk to use
a wrong software license, sometimes.
.I appreciate those ideas very much.
."Open Source" could have been a beautiful name, a strong social
.metaphor, not only refering to source code.
.Can you understand why it rings a different bell in my ears?
I think so
I hope you will change your mind