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Re: [SLUG] Personal sacrifice and free software
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Personal sacrifice and free software
- From: Peter Rundle <peter.rundle@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri Feb 23 11:45:02 2001
I think that we should try for a name change. The trouble with
"free" in the English language is that it has two meanings.
We need to the emphasize "Freedom" and not "costs nothing" which
implies cheaper than cheap, which then implies poor quality.
Terms like "Freedom software" or "Liberty Software" are closer to
the desired meaning but don't sound very catchy. Where's that
damn thesaurus. How 'bout "Libelle Software"?
If the right term can be found, then it will catch on in the media
and make it much easier to paint "Freedom (of choice) Software" as
being the democratic/consumer choice/"american way" for software.
Closed source then becomes "dictatorial/stalinist".
(And please don't start a thread on the accuracy of those terms,
Joe public is a very simple creature, free choice/democracy == good,
communisim/stalin/dictator == bad, our job is to get Open source
associated with the first in Joe's mind and closed source associated
with second. Accuracy and marketing have nothing to do with each other).