Free Software e Open Source

Anche se quasi sempre i prodotti “open source” sono disponibili gratuitamente, si tratta di due filosofie ben distinte. Lo ribadisce Richard Stallman, padre della Open Software Foundation, in “Why ‘Open Source’ Misses the Point of Free Software“, in Communications of the ACM, 06/2009.

“Nearly all open source software is free software; the two terms describe almost the same category of software. But they stand for views based on fundamentally different values. Open source is a development methodology; free software is a social movement. For the free software movement, free software is an ethical imperative, because only free software respects the users’ freedom.”

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