I worked on both corporate open-source software and real free software and there's a world of difference between the two. Makes me cringe every time someone says open-source where free software is more appropriate.

I reserve my use of the word open-source for software made by corporations for which the source code is available, but no attention has been paid to respect the freedom of its users or the rights of the developers who worked on it.

#FreeSoftware #OpenSource


@njoseph I think I understand what you're saying. Are you saying that the difference here is the motivations of the author of the code? If the developer is doing the work with the express purpose of helping a corporation rather than him or herself, then this is a very different thing, compared to the case when the developers are working based on their own requirements?

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