[Linux-aus] Open source: time for a name change?
Greg 'groggy' Lehey
grog at lemis.com
Thu Aug 7 14:01:02 UTC 2003
On Thursday, 7 August 2003 at 15:11:50 +0930, Dan Shearer wrote:
> I've never heard a physicist correcting public speakers about the
> term "quantum leap", which is usually used in a sense that means the
> opposite of what it really is.
Heh. Yes, that's one of my favourites too. But nothing you've said
is a good argument for advocating misleading terminology. Why not
just call it "windows"?
>> Alone we can't, of course. But the term "free software" used to be
>> mainstream, and somebody changed that perception.
> Trying to do this again sounds a bit like quixotic.
That depends very much on the degree of success you expect.
> The "Open Source" movement has done that once, and it was a clever
> move, with continuing success in technical circles. But to do the
> same for the man in the street?
My understanding was that the term "open source" was aimed at
non-technical people, those who found the term "free software" to be a
little hard to digest. Not quite the man in the street, agreed.
> By all means try, but why? Just live with the wrong things being
> called Linux and make sure that the right things are being run :-)
Because I'm unreasonable.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all
progress depends on the unreasonable man.
-- George Bernard Shaw
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