Homesteading the Noospehere

December 8, 2008

In this chapter, the author examined in detail the property and ownership customs of the open-source culture. And the topic, ‘General Public Licensing’ was brought up.

The term GNU can be found in this chapter. GNU is a computer operating system composed entirely of free software. The acronym means:

GNU’s Not Unix

So what GNU? (I find it funny when they made this such acronym. It really doesn’t make any sense at all.

What we don’t know is that the acronym GNU was chosen because its design is Unix-like, but differs from Unix by being free software and containing no Unix code.

Another thing that the author explained is about the General Public License, GNU GPL or simply GPL. GPL is a widely used free software license. The GPL is said to grant the recipients of a computer program the rights of the free software definition and uses copyleft to ensure the freedoms are preserved, even when the work is changed or added to. This means that it is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, such as open sources.

The widespread availability of source code for UNIX operating systems and programs has been a blast. Good thing that these open source continues to merge into something that these ‘independent sources’ can’t.

Looking forward for this Open Sources.


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