But the impetus to make a profit (and its associated compromises) isn’t sitting well with true believers in free software. And the resulting rifts were apparent at last week’s LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco. On one side is Richard Stallman and his Free Software Foundation. When Stallman says “free” he doesn’t mean price, he means freedom. He believes all software should be freely available to be modified by the public. And for him, this is nothing short of a moral fight.
On the other is Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux. He and others in his open-source camp believe that freely sharing code simply produces the best software, but if other people want to hide their code, that’s fine, too.
Read this article from Business Week and follow Dana Blankenhorn’s five part series on the debate. Explore the issue and add to the Open Source entires at the Whats New Media Wiki. (Including entries for Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman)