mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#130 Re: Re: I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad...
Monday September 17th, 2001 8:58 PM
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>> Since when does "open-source" mean that everyone who uses the code has to share all their plans with the world? Where in the MPL does it say that? <<
The open source and free software movements are not defined by their licenses, but by various position papers, mostly by RMS and ESR, as well as by consensus of the community. One of the most persistent self-definitions in the community is "free as in free speech, not as in free beer." A broad appeal to social freedoms and the open society (a la Karl Popper) is often part of this trend. There is a plain conflict between this "open society" definition and secret arrangements with closed entities. How serious this conflict is, and whether in fact the "open society" definition is the best one could hope for, are reasonable questions, and not ones I intend to try to solve here. My point is that it is counterproductive to jeer at someone for simply raising these questions.