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    Question A Unified Symbol for "Free and Open Source"

    Is there/should there be a unified symbol for all things open source?
    Something not owned by any group or organization (So not the OSI logo). Something made by the community, for the community, that anyone can wave to display universal support of all things free and open source.

    I personally would support such a symbol, should it exist, or should it be created.

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    Re: A Unified Symbol for "Free and Open Source"

    In the software domain each of "free" and "open" have many shades of meaning.

    This can quickly become a very confusing can of worms.

    User error. Please replace user and try again

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    Re: A Unified Symbol for "Free and Open Source"

    I don't regard opensource as free. If I end up using an opensource project or program long term I will try and donate (if they have the facility in place). If they don't I try to contribute in other ways like seeding torrents or helping other users where I can.

    regarding an identifiable symbol for complete opensource software packages or operating system distributions it does already exist:

    https://opensource.org/logo-usage-gu...age_Guidelines

    but generally this logo is also used for works in progress, portions of code or artwork:

    https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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    Re: A Unified Symbol for "Free and Open Source"

    Well, bring RMS in the mix and you get a lot of heat with no exact outcome. So from my perspectve, the only now available free as free in all senses of the word regarding software is anything written under WTFPL. So if WTFPL has a logo, you can be rather sure that it's 'free'.

    BTW, Fedora provides some software in the repo which is WTFPL licensed, so it's not like it's just some clause, it's a valid license. Well, the word 'license' doesn't even really apply for this 'license', but it's necessary to distinguish this one from the rest of 'free'.

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    Re: A Unified Symbol for "Free and Open Source"

    Quote Originally Posted by Maryyy
    WTFPL licensed
    I had to look that one up, good to see someone has a sense of humour when it comes to naming

    the WTFPL logo

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    Re: A Unified Symbol for "Free and Open Source"

    Hehe, yeah. So I guess this problem is solved.

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