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We interrupt this blog . . .

August 28, 2007

. . . to bring you the following special announcement.

Larry the Open Source Guy has now become Larry the Free Software Guy.

[Thank or blame — however you want to look at it — this essay by Danijel Orsolic at Libervis.com.]

The blog written in the past by the blogger formerly known as “Larry the Open Source Guy” appears here, and the “Larry the Open Source Guy” site will discontinue.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled blog, which is already in progress . . . .

[FSF Associate Member](Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)

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  1. fader6818
    August 28, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    You’ve seen the light. 🙂 Welcome… Now drink the kool-aid, it’s tasty!

    -Kevin Dean, Free Software Advocate

  2. August 28, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks, Kevin — Not to make an issue of it, but I’ve always sided with the Free Software end of things — Stallman over Raymond — but I wouldn’t necessarily call that “drinking the Kool-Aid.” 🙂 I’ve just changed teams because the term “Open Source” is becoming so nebulous, and describing things that really stray from what open source should mean.

  3. September 3, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Dude! Like, I got Stallman’s point a long time ago… “open source” doesn’t necessarily mean “free”, as in freedom. The most important part of FOSS is the “free” part, for me… and proprietary shit always is the virus that screws everything up. Look at my Nokia 770 Internet Tablet – totally cool, built on Debian, but it has (god only knows why) this proprietary, buggy and out of date Opera 8.02 browser embedded in it that there doesn’t appear to be a replacement for, and all sorts of other niggly stuff that effectively prevents Nokia’s developers from releasing a current version of the otherwise Open Source OS 2007 version for it (leaving us N770 owners at a severe disadvantage, not just in terms of hardware, but software, in relation to N800 owners).

    If it ain’t free, as in freedom, it ain’t open.

  4. fader6818
    October 31, 2007 at 7:31 am

    Oh, I was joking fully, Larry., I’ve stumbled across your blog now and then.

    The “Drink the kool-aid” comment was more sarcastic, we’re often seen as “zealots” by outsiders and I, personally, embrace that rather than try to “explain” where I stand and why. 🙂

    I agree, the term Open Source has become simple a buzzword when even the basic tenants of Open Source are based on Freedom. 🙂

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