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GNU and Linux: It's Not Just About Attribution But Also Philosophy

What the argument over the names often boils down to is philosophy, not just attribution or credit. GNU was created with software freedom in mind. Linux, in its genesis, was proprietary until it adopted the GNU GPL licence and then became mainstream.

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Created by JRepin 4 years 40 weeks ago – Made popular 4 years 40 weeks ago
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Five things Free Software has taught me

I’ve been in Free Software for a few years now and learned a ton from it. Sure, I learned how to use new types of software, became efficient on them, and honed my programming skills, but stopping there would be missing the point. Free software has so much more to offer than just computing and technical benefits.

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Bringing Free Software Values Back: Please Welcome Equitable Open Source

A new project in the making will keep track of moochers and fakers on the face of it.

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Open source values: openness

Along with transparency and consensus, a third key open source value is openness...Openness means the simple availability of the resource. All the resource. When someone violates openness, the rent is obvious. Users route around it, almost automatically, and condemn those who violate the principle

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Created by peacemaker 10 years 6 weeks ago – Made popular 10 years 6 weeks ago
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Open source values: transparency

Values are important, in a business sense. When your values and those of your customers are in sync, you have a great opportunity for growth. They’re also important politically. They define the boundaries for internal debate, and establish markers for debate with opponents. Transparency may be the most important open source value. Transparency is inherent in every release of open source code.

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Created by Jimbob 10 years 10 weeks ago – Made popular 10 years 9 weeks ago
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