[Fsfe-ie] wikipedia's free software related articles

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at fsfe.org
Tue Aug 23 14:30:41 CEST 2005

One way to help spread awareness of accurate information about software
freedom is to correct mistakes in history books such as Wikipedia.

Having a massive contributor base brings the negative consequence that
wide-spread confusions have a similar status to facts.

Some examples: "free software" is GPL'd software only.  Free software and
open source are not the same (in practice, the difference is usually
insignificant), Linux is an operating system, etc. etc. etc.

Currently there are more references to "open source" in wikipedia than there
are of "free software".  Since the former is simply a marketing term for the
latter, and the latter predates the former by 15 years, this seems confused.

So when you have a minute, consider looking at the pages of the free
software you use and making sure that the page says that it is [[free
software]].  (And maybe the license, references to other free software,
... etc.)

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