[Linux-aus] Differences in OSS?

Andrew Pam xanni at glasswings.com.au
Mon Oct 22 00:18:36 UTC 2007

Don Knowles wrote:
> Things have been quiet, so I thought I'd dive right in with a totally
> noob question:
> What's the difference between FOSS and FLOSS?
> I understood FOSS to be Free and Open Source Software, with the L in
> FLOSS simply being the addition of Linux in the "formula".
> But just the other day, either in this mailing list or the Linux
> Australia website, I saw someone use the word "Libre" as in Free Libre
> Open Source Software.
> When is "Free" in need of "Liberation"?

The "L" has always stood for "Libre", not "Linux", and is used to
specify the "Libre" meaning of the word "Free" as distinct from other
meanings, such as "without cost".  There is no difference between FOSS
and FLOSS.

Hope that helps,
mailto:xanni at xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
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