Re: Stallman is a prophet; Bill Joy a candidate for 'father' of open source
@Charlie, I could certainly accept Bill Joy as at least one of the founding fathers of open source software. He was certainly doing the work at the right time and place.
One of the big differences between "free" and "open source" in Stallman's definition is that open source software is just about the software, with no implications that stretch to the human side of the keyboard. Free software, on the other hand, is just a component of a free life, defined as one in which there are minimal controls that can be placed upon the individual, with none of those controls imposed without the individual's approval and consent.
Another point that Stallman returned to several times was the importance of copyright (or, as he styles it, copyleft). He feels it's important to exert copyright, rather than just releasing software into the public domain, because copyright gives you the legal right to insist on terms for the software's release and distribution: You can insist, through copyright, that everyone who uses a piece of software maintain the free nature of its distribution. That is no small thing in the world of software packaging.