[conspire] What's wrong with "FLOSS" (was: Penguin Day - Demysitify FLOSS for Nonprofits)
einfeldt at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 22 20:43:25 PDT 2005
> I was just flabbergasted that an organisation devoted to _public
> outreach_ (the Penguin Day people) were deliberately using a term
> that's completely inscrutible to the public, in place of two
> others (free software and open source) that were, respectively,
> troublingly ambiguous but at least easily explainable, and
> demonstrably clear/effective.
During the actual Penguin Day, the organizers, Gunner and Katrin,
where very charismatic and very good at staying away from acronyms
and explaining acronyms when someone else used them.
> If I were writing the promotional material for Penguin Day
Did they use the acronyms FLOSS or FOSS or OSS in their promotional
material? Or was it just here on this list?
> "Not only does the English language borrow from other
> languages, it sometimes chases them through dark alleys, hits
> them over the head, and goes through their pockets." -- Eddy
I laughed out loud when I read this. Thanks I needed that.
How do you interpret this statement? Does it refer to the
infiltration of English into other cultures through mass media,
etc.? That's how I'm interpreting it.
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