mozilla.org releases Mozilla Milestone 0.9.4
Friday September 14th, 2001
#136 Re: Re: Re: I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad...
Tuesday September 18th, 2001 9:54 AM
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<quoth strauss>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."</quoth>
Actually, that's not really true. Certainly the free software movement is about freedom, but the whole creation of the open source movement was that it isn't about freedom, or anything of the sort, simply pragmatics - that distributed, wide development produces better software. Open source advocates would certainly not have ay problem with companies being involved and not stating every last decision they make. Free software advocates won't mind so long as the freedoms are respected.
But let me say this again: the sort of thing we're discussing - Netscape paying people to contribute to the community things they want is *absolutely* in the spirit of open source, embracing all contributions, so long as they give back while they take.