"Open Source", "Free Software" and other beasts


Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Software Licenses and "Proprietary" Software
3. Meaning of the terms
4. History
Early Days, AT&T UNIX, BSD
Richard Stallman, the GNU Project, and the "Free Software" term
The Linux Kernel, GNU/Linux and the Debian Free Software Guidelines
The "Cathedral and the Bazaar" and the coining of the term "Open-Source"
Recent Developments
5. Difference between "Open Source" and "Free Software".
Stallmanism
Raymondism
In for Free Beer
Conclusion
6. Other Criteria of Open Source Software
GPL Compatibility
Copyleft
Open Source vs. Sourceware
7. Myths about Open Source and Other Issues
Sharing software huh? Isn't it a bit like Communism?
The "Programmers Will be out of Work" because of Free Software Myth
Open Source/Free Software and Open Content/Free Content
Other Myths about Linux and Open Source Software
8. Where I Stand
9. Links and References
Resources for Further Reading
The GNU Project Philosophy
Eric S. Raymond's Writings
Joel on Software
David A. Wheeler's Site
Related Books
10. Document Information
Author
Thanks
To Do List
Copyright