CyberSecurity part 25

Open Source vs Free Software

There seems to be confusion around the terms Free software and Open Source Software.

To briefly clarify this.

The primary difference is philosophy – The free software movement says we're here doing all this because proprietary software is unethical. Wrong. Unjust.

The open source movement says we're here doing all of this because we can get technically better software.

Free software

Free software, does not simply mean the software is free as in cost, it refers to Free as in Freedom and a free software license such as the GPL [2] grants a user 4 freedoms.

The freesoftware movement is also therefore about philosophy.


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