[sf-lug] Open Source less popular than Free Software

Asheesh Laroia asheesh at asheesh.org
Tue Sep 25 23:48:04 PDT 2007

(Pardon the cross-posting.  If you reply, take care to only reply to a 
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I wrote up a small program and a web page about it to answer the question for 
me: "Are more licenses approved by the Free Software Foundation, or instead by 
the Open Source Initiative?"  Here is a summary [0] of my findings:

     * Licenses approved by FSF alone: 51
     * Licenses approved by OSI alone: 43
     * Licenses approved by both: 16

Here's a fact, if you believe my results: There are more "Free Software" 
[per FSF] licenses than "Open Source" [per OSI] licenses.

>From this, one can extrapolate all sorts of interesting flamebait.  I'll 
start; hopefully (since these are discussion liss) you all can help 
further fan the flames.

"Open Source is less popular than Free Software."

"The Free Software community is more welcoming of outsiders to its community 
than the Open Source community."

"The problem is not Open Source license proliferation, it is Free Software 
license proliferation!"

Full results at http://www.asheesh.org/note/software/osi-vs-fsf.html . That 
link includes source and data adequate to reproduce my findings.

-- Asheesh.

0. http://www.asheesh.org/note/software/osi-vs-fsf-summary.html

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