[volunteers] Fwd: Re: Requesting Speaker for Silicon Valley Linux User Group (SVLUG) Monthly Meeting
mehmasarja at gmail.com
Tue May 15 06:20:35 PDT 2012
Since Gwyn likes a more discussion format, should we come up with some
questions? I'd like to steer the conversation towards the stated theme
of "Can't we all just get along?" So, I'll propose questions to that end.
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Subject: Re: [volunteers] Requesting Speaker for Silicon Valley Linux
User Group (SVLUG) Monthly Meeting
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 21:58:28 -0700
From: Gwyn Murray <gwyn at mataulegal.com>
To: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
CC: volunteers at lists.svlug.org
It could be you are right for this audience. In my practice, I come across LOTS of people who are very confused about what "open source" means, and particularly confused about "free = Free (not)" and "public domain = open source (not)"
In any event, I am looking forward to what promises to be a lively discussion! I hope it will be less of a "talk" than a discussion.
On May 14, 2012, at 2:33 PM, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Gwyn Murray (gwyn at mataulegal.com):
>> Actually, the question of "what is OSS" is kind of an interesting one.
>> Maybe we should go with that? The short version is -- there are lots
>> of opinions on that.
> Hi, Gwyn!
> My own experience is that there's clarity about what open source means,
> with the exception primarily of code publishers trying (and failing) to
> argue their proprietary code under the umbrella of that term, including
> their pushy paid apologists such as Matt Asay (at least, in his Alfresco
> days) and similar Open Source Business Conference hangers-on.
> That is, the folks who purport to not understand the Open Source
> Definition almost invariably have checkbook reasons for their selective
> comprehension failures. (OSD in turn is and was an effort to capture in
> a few procedural rules the common-sense notion underlying the concept,
> which might be generally described as: right to fork and to use for any
> purpose without fee.)
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