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Re: Compulsion? was Re: [ox-en] Re: Property, scarcity, selbstentfaltung

Rich Walker <rw> wrote:
[Background: I'm technical director of a small company. I'm also quite
passionate about things like GPL'd software, and I'm annoyed I have to
describe it as Open Source to lots of people - in fact, like mentioning
the Great Architect or the Invisible College served in a past age, I use
GPL as one of those "check the background" things to run past people]

Why do you feel that you "have to describe it as Open Source"?  In my
experience, this may get some recognition from more people, but few
understand what they mean by that.  I guess that's the problem with
all the different definitions of that term.

Usually, I want to communicate rapidly the idea that we would be using
some model other than proprietary software. Unfortunately, open source
as a phrase is more comprehensible than GPL, and for some reason I don't
like to use the word Free in this context. Curious.

Have you joined yet?

Didn't know about them - thanks!

cheers, Rich.



rich walker | technical person | Shadow Robot Company | rw
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