Free Software, Open Source, FOSS, FLOSS – Same same but different

Posted by mbaehrlxer on May 16, 2012 11:17 AM EDT; By Björn Schießle
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There are two major terms connected to software you can freely use, study, share and improve: Free Software and Open Source. Based on them you can also find different combinations and translations like FOSS, Libre Software, FLOSS and so on. Reading articles about Free Software or listening to people involved in Free Software often raises the question why do they use one term or another and how they differ from each other. But no matter which term we use, we should not allow people to split our community just because of different terminology. At the end most of us work on the same set of software, improve it and foster software freedom no matter what our motivation or preferred term is. The community needs to stay together to have an impact on all levels of involvement and to improve Free Software in all aspects. Don’t let other use the strategy of “divide and conqueror” to harm our movement.

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