mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#132 Re: Re: Re: I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad...
Tuesday September 18th, 2001 1:05 AM
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---- 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. ---
Freedom of speech is also the freedom *not* to speak. You'll find that many advocates of open source and free speech are also advocates for privacy rights (see: the EFF). They go hand in hand (most of the time--they do conflict on occasion).