buckeye
you are correct re Chromium- i shouldnt type responses when i am rushed

SRWare used to post their source and still have the links on their web site but they seem to be incorrectly linked - hard to know if that is intentional or not

The source that you provided re: open source is a biased source and their opinion is not the final word and in general open source is a program in which the source code is available for download for use and/or modification from its original design

Also its impossible to completely use free software by whatever definition you choose - i do agree that it is important to trust the software that you use but that does not mean that it has to be free
posted by buckeye 3 years and 9 months ago Link

Tirifto
I also remember Iron being open source, but now Wikipedia and others list is as "Proprietary". If it's not intentional, then I hope they fix it soon. Feature-wise, Chromium is a decent browser :)

About the "free vs open-source" thing, that was a bad definition from me. You are right that the terms are not standardized and people interpret them differently. It's true that "open source" is usually used for software that respects your freedom.

For people, they usually have the same meaning and you can use whichever you wish. But it's also true that "open source" stresses the fact that the code is open, while "free" stresses the fact that the program respects your freedom. Even if they have are interpreted the same way now, they leave a different impression. Basically, 'alll libre software has open code, but not all open code is libre'. I think that freedom is very important and we should stress that, so it's better to use the terms "free" or "libre".

(I addressed using completely free software in my other reply in this thread, but basically: It should be free whenever it can be.)
posted by Tirifto 3 years and 9 months ago Link