There is some good discussion going on about open source software licenses and confusion. From the article:
Back in the 1980s, when Richard Stallman was the only one talking about the need for “free software,” no one quite knew what he was talking about. That’s not just because people looked askance at someone who said it would be possible to write a version of Unix that could be given away for free, along with all of the compilers, editors, and utilities that a typical Unix installation included.
Stallman also managed to confuse people with the term “free” — he used it as a political statement, saying “free as in freedom,” or “free as in ‘free speech’,” contrasting it with “free as in ‘free beer’.” But no matter how hard he tried, Stallman was faced with the reality that most people thought of “free software” as programs for which you didn’t have to pay money. The fact that Stallman’s software was indeed designed to be given away without charge only added to the confusion.
=> Read the Fine Print on “Open Source” Software ( via Linuxtoday )
This is an excellent set of guides encouraging FLOSS for small and medium size enterprises / business. From the guide:
Open source software is the most significant all-encompassing and long-term trend that the software industry has seen since the early 1980s”. This is one of the conclusions of a recent IDC report [IDC 06], which shows how much the perception of FLOSS (free/libre/open source software) has changed in the recent years. Right now, the majority of developers in the world are using open source software [Forr 07], and FLOSS platforms are used in one way or the other by a large share of companies.
Despite this situation, there is still a significant barrier in the adoption process for small and medium companies, both in terms of using FLOSS internally and in creating products and services centered on FLOSS products. The purpose of this report is to provide a simple and in-depth view of the fundamental aspects of FLOSS, how to adopt it within a small/medium company, and how to build a sustainable business based on it.
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