ELNM Topic 21: The Uneasy Alliance: Free Software vs Open Source

To Do

  • Analyse both free software and open source approach in your blog. If you prefer one, provide your arguments.

People usually do not know what is the difference between free software and open-source software because they are mostly just users. For users there is no big difference in most cases. But Richard Stallman says that “open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement”. I think it is a good point and helps understand the issue.
But as far as the two schools have different values and assumptions and they can not cooperating on practical level, the controversies will continue. We may say it is the uneasy alliance.

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