"As the advocates of open source draw new users into our community, we free software activists have to work even more to bring the issue of freedom to those new users' attention. We have to say, “It's free software and it gives you freedom!”—more and louder than ever."

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Created by can.axis 6 years 46 weeks ago – Made popular 6 years 46 weeks ago
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dehumanizer's picture


6 years 46 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago


Luckily, freedom is not something

Luckily, freedom is not something to be defined by RMS.

boottux's picture


6 years 45 weeks 4 hours 3 min ago


I can only hope that the lack of

I can only hope that the lack of commentary about this article on a site devoted to free software can only mean that everyone agrees with Richard Stallman.

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6 years 45 weeks 3 hours 16 min ago


true in my case

true in my case

motters's picture


6 years 44 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago


I don't really have a problem with

I don't really have a problem with using the term "open source", and as Stallman says in the article it might be better if some more unambiguous term were used for free software, since the average computer user (or IT manager) just assumes this refers to cost rather than freedom.

IMHO the best argument which Stallman gives is that unless users realize that it's about freedom rather than cost they may well switch back to proprietary software if it's handed out gratis.

You could use terms such as "freedom promoting software" or "freedom preserving software", but I guess these are rather a mouthfull compared to the more catchy "free".