Evolving the term “open source”
Nadia Eghbal

As an old school technologist, to me Open Source has two components: (a) it is free for at least personal use, and (b) the source code is available. Few people make use of (b), but those that do keep the whole ball rolling.

The original licensing from FSF and Stallman was ridiculously onerous, requiring any modifications to be placed in the public domain and returned to the original author in the spirit of enforced Communism. Today’s most common use is more “I wrote it, maybe you’ll find it useful, have fun!” more in the spirit of lassaiz-faire Libertarianism.

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