Open Source Alliance Cyberjaya

The Linux and Open Source Special Interest Group in Cyberjaya, Malaysia

Confusion of “Open Source” and “Free Software”

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Free software is now in the term of liberty: “”Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price”,

In 1998, a part of the free software community splintered off and began campaigning in the name of “open source.” The term was originally proposed to avoid a possible misunderstanding of the term “free software,” but it soon became associated with philosophical views quite different from those of the free software movement.,

Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement. For the free software movement, free software is an ethical imperative, because only free software respects the users’ freedom.

My approach:

is to Free Software which is complies to the 4 principles of Free Software, the freedom to run the program for any purpose, the freedom to study how the program works and adapt it to your needs, the freedom to redistribute copies so u can help your neighbor, the freedom to improve the program and release ur improvements to the public so that the whole community benefits. Free Software that can be paid to get the software.

Open Source Aliiance Cyberjaya under my maintenance is approach to Free Software. Open Source definition is ambiguous to this group but will be considered since it’s based on Debian Free Software Guidelines.

– Mohd Syazli Mahmud


Written by syazli7

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 at 17:53:56 +0800

Posted in MMU

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