Talk:Open-source software

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I've removed the mention of a trademark on "OSI Certified": according to the USPTO's database, this mark is "DEAD", having been "Abandoned" on August 23, 2002, just two years after it was registered.


In the definition it suggests/states that the DFSG uses the turm open source. It does not.

Definition in introduction[edit]

It says “Open-source software (OSS) is computer software with its source code made available and …” — this is wrong. The OSI say “Open source doesn't just mean access to the source code. The distribution terms of open-source software must comply with the following criteria: …”


The History section is a mess. There is a fair amount of rambling and repetition. A good start would be to put it in chronological order; right now it starts in the late 1990s, and eventually works its way back to 1985. I'm not familiar with the subject but I may take a stab at this. Kendall-K1 (talk) 16:11, 4 February 2017 (UTC)

Article title[edit]

I don't believe that the article title accurately reflects the contents. "open-source" software started long before the 1990s, and the lack of history causes a slanted perspective. This article seems to be about open-source as defined by the FSF, and IMO the title should reflect this (somehow). Peter Flass (talk) 16:54, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

I think you are confusing Open Source with Free Software. Open Source is not defined by the FSF, Free Software is (and the history of Free Software definitely dates back to the 1980s). In fact, the FSF opposes the term Open Source. Open Source started in 1998 as something that was meant to replace the term Free Software for the general public. The term Open Source is defined and promoted by the OSI. Now, the History section points to the more general article on History of free and open-source software, which describes the whole history of shared information, and I think that is sufficient.—J. M. (talk) 19:03, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Maybe this article shoule be titled "Free Software Movement"?Peter Flass (talk) 14:18, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
No. This article is about Open Source. Not about Free Software. Open Source and Free Software are two different things. Free Software has its own separate article. The Free software movement article already exists (and Open-source software movement, too).—J. M. (talk) 14:35, 1 April 2017 (UTC)

Merger proposals: the issue of the separate Free software movement and Open-source software movement articles[edit]

Please participate in the discussion I started over at Talk:Free software movement: Merger proposals: the issue of the separate Open-source software movement article.

Please comment there and not here for a centralized discussion. Thank you.

--Fixuture (talk) 21:11, 11 July 2017 (UTC)