[Project_owners] Re: SmartSync Project and Mozdev Terms of Use

Peter Harkins ph at malaprop.org
Sun Apr 30 21:56:32 EDT 2006


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On Sun, Apr 30, 2006 at 04:57:55PM -0700, Eric H. Jung wrote:
> I don't know. I'm no open source expert, but I do know the words "open
> source" mean, plain and simply, "source that is 'open' -- i.e.,
> available to the public". The words "open source" doesn't literally
> apply any concept of borrowing or reuse, but perhaps the words have
> grown additional (implied) meanings over time, just like so many other
> words/phrases in the English language.

No, that is not all that "open source" means -- the term was
deliberately created to replace the easily-misunderstood term "free
software". The full definition of open source is available online and
includes the right to use it for any purpose, make copies, and create
derivative versions: http://opensource.org/docs/definition.php

The meaning you're thinking of, code you can look at but not
neccessarily touch, is probably best represented by the confusingly
similar term "shared source": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_source

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Peter Harkins  -  http://push.cx


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