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William Waites ww at styx.org
Thu Sep 15 20:04:34 UTC 2011

* [2011-09-13 14:13:18 -0400] Tom Morris <tfmorris at gmail.com> écrit:

> Attempts to legislate language usage down
> to the single word level are not only doomed to failure, but the
> stridency will drive reasonable people away.

And indeed these days it is often forgotten that the whole "open" (as
in "open source") discourse to a large extent has its roots in trying
to balance the free software world with the investment banking
(intellectual property rent capture) world during the dot-com boom by
introducing "open" as a less militant and principled version of
free/libre that could, in the limit, be interpreted as "non-free" or
"closed" by a skilled rhetoretician or marketeer.

Or that's one interpretation of what happened, anyways :)


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