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[liberationtech] fossjobs - first job platform exclusively for FOSS jobs

Seth David Schoen schoen at
Sat Nov 17 16:32:42 PST 2012

Tianay Pulphus writes:

> What's the story behind the name? What's a foss? Is it a play on "boss"?

It's Icelandic for "waterfall" :-þ, but in this case it refers to free
and open source software.

Free and open source software are historically different names for the
same software, but each name is preferred by different people who have
different emphasis.

(A common misconception is that "free software" must be reciprocally
licensed and that "open source" software must be permissively licensed.
This misconception comes about partly because people assume that the
two terms must refer to different software, or because people who prefer
to talk about "free software" often prefer reciprocal licenses, while
people who prefer permissive licenses usually prefer to talk about
"open source".  In fact, both terms are properly applied to both kinds
of licenses, and the difference in primarily one of connotation, not

"FOSS" (as well as "FLOSS", adding "libre") is an umbrella term that
acknowledges both names without choosing between them.

Seth Schoen  <schoen at>
Senior Staff Technologist             
Electronic Frontier Foundation        
454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA  94110   +1 415 436 9333 x107

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