[conspire] What's wrong with "FLOSS"
zmutrux at compumentor.org
Fri Apr 15 13:23:54 PDT 2005
William R Ward wrote:
>Amen. Please use the term "Open Source" that people actually
>understand. Zac Mutrux & Christian Einfeld, this means you.
Hey, I never claimed not to be a lightweight. I'll also confess to
calling San Francisco "Frisco" just before moving there a few years ago.
Which faux pas earned me lasting ridicule by my friends. So, point
taken. See if I ever write FLOSS on this list again. ;-)
When it comes to what people "actually understand," though, I suggest
that there is no universal solution. For an audience that knows nothing
of computer programming, "open source" is jargon just as much as any
acronym (cute or not). "Free software" on the other hand, are words that
are welcome in the nonprofit world, where the appeal of open source
software is the cost of a license, even though they misunderstand the
I generally use "open source", myself. I think Aspiration (along with
many others) have found that using one phrase or the other tends to
raise hackles among idealogues. **OS* is the term used by Aspiration and
I expect they will continue to use it for the same reason that RMS
approved of it.
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