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What's your favorite open source phrase?

Posted 11 Dec 2012 by 

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat)
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Which open source phrase do you say/reference most often?

Free as in beer
22% (59 votes)
Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow
14% (38 votes)
Open source is like a recipe
8% (22 votes)
Release early, release often
12% (33 votes)
RTFM (Read the fine manual)
32% (87 votes)
Other (tell us in the comments)
11% (30 votes)
Total votes: 269

They're not our favorite movie quotes but I've caught myself saying some of the more popular open source phrases more than once. It might be an analogy that we use to describe what open source is or perhaps a conversation starter.

Which of these phrases do you use the most? And which ones aren't on the list that should be? Tell us in the comments.

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32 Comments

cbredesen
Community Member

"Patches happily accepted!"

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jhibbets
Open Sourcerer

Ohhhh, that's a good one!
Jason

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chrismol
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"It's not a bug, it's a feature."

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stites
Open Source Champion

That's a Microsoft phrase, not an open source phrase.

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Steve Stites

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chrismol
Community Member

That's a universal phrase. The MS version would be "it's not a bug, it's just broke."

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opensas

it's certainly used very often, but not exclusively on open source...

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Kevin Loughin

FOSS: High reliability, it's a state of mind.
Microsoft: Failure is not an option, it comes bundled with windows
Apple: Failure is not an option, it's a file system.

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MUD

"Software is like sex: it's better when it's free." - Linus Torvalds

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jhibbets
Open Sourcerer

I was really close to putting that one in this poll. Maybe next time.
Jason

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B Swiss

"Free as in speech, not as in beer."

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opensas

YES, it's free as in speech, the other is NOT free software (and it's used to mark that difference)

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worblux

RTFM is my favorite anything phrase.

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mjjzf
Community Member

Build it and they will come has another background, but works for the open source community and is less branded than 'Just do it'.
On a more specialized note, one of my favorites is "A result computed by a “mathematical” system, whose source code is not public, can not be accepted as part of a mathematical proof" from Why freedom is important for scientists by Joris van der Hoeven from the GNU TeXmacs project.

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Unidentified

Open source. Open minds. Open future.

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Bradley Conroy

show me the code

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NotFromBrooklyn

"If you think that your program users are stupid, only the stupid gonna use your program" - Linus Torvalds

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renasboy

"Most good programmers do programming not because they expect to get paid or get adulation by the public, but because it is fun to program."
Linus Torvalds

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Vigneshkumar Chinnachamy

No windows for virus :)

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Bob Robertson

Here, have a copy. It's yours.

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Unidentified

"Unix is simple. It just takes a genius to understand its simplicity." – Dennis Ritchie

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Unidentified

Free as in freedom.

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anon

free software, free society

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Unidentified

Open source IS user-friendly ... it's just very picky about its friends.

jk jk

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Unidentified

"20xx is the year of Linux on the desktop!"

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wayne

"free."

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Marabiloso

"Thou Shalt Be Free! ( this is an order, whatever it takes...)"
This one is for FOSS terrorists...

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G

It just works.

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Unidentified

Research, Adopt, Adapt

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Ignacio Garcia

May the source be with you.

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Peter Chynoweth

My vote is for: Free as in speech, not as in beer. That should have been the full quote in the original poll. Free as in beer is just a useful consequence (but not necessarily the only option) of the other kind of freedom.

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M Evans

"Open source; it's not life or death; it's much more important than that"

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Liza

Free as in kittens!

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Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of, The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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