Eben Moglen challenges Tim O'Reilly to "join the conversation"
Posted by: Anonymous
on July 24, 2007 08:53 PM
Who cares whether Tim O'Reilly supports "free" software or "just" open source?
Since when did Tim - a book and Web site publisher - become Bill Gates?
This is just another example of the FSF being fanatics about issues 99% of the software developers and software using public couldn't care less about. It's just another propaganda stunt.
In the long run, as long as we're talking about the long run, it won't matter whether software was "free" or OSS. The industry needs to concentrate on making the crap WORK and making it available for a reasonable price, preferably free.
Everything else is chicken scratchings.
And don't tell me OSS is any less good at making software WORK than "free" software - the license is irrelevant. While it is beneficial to have modifications returned to the community, this is going to happen - either via forking or outright theft - regardless as long as the license is not proprietary. So the difference between OSS and "free" is irrelevant here.