[OSGeo-Discuss] "Free"

Ned Horning nedh at lightlink.com
Mon Mar 5 11:33:49 PST 2007

On Mar 5, 2007, at 13:49, Allan Doyle wrote:

> There are Open Source licenses that do not require all of freedoms of
> Free Software, particularly the requirement to deliver source code if
> you also deliver modifications. That effectively lets people close
> off improvements they have made to formerly open software.

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> The FSF "can't" exist under the Open Source umbrella because they
> feel some Open Source does not guarantee Freedom over time. The Open
> Source people can't exist under the Free umbrella because they feel
> the GPL and its variants are too restrictive.

Okay, this is the part I don't get. What part of the FSF can't be included
as open source? To me this sounds like a square saying it can't be a
rectangle since all of its side have the same length. 

I think of open source as embracing a broad spectrum of licenses including
all of those supported by the FSF. Should I not be looking at this from a
licensing perspective? 

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