Poll: Should 'open source' be rebranded?

Which term best describes the kind of software you work on?

People arranged in the shape of FOSS
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359 votes tallied
Free software
53 votes
Open source software
140 votes
Community software
145 votes
Co-operative software
2 votes
Collaborative software
11 votes
Other (tell us in the comments)
8 votes

The free and open source software (FOSS) community is big and getting bigger. It's diverse and broad, but we have more in common than we do differences that set us apart.

In free software, people care about ethics above all. In open source, people care about technology and there are many shades of gray in between.

Then there are those who just want to get FOSS used more widely. They are in the business of FOSS. As we expand into new markets, should there be a new term for them to convey the message of FOSS more clearly and inclusively?


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Sal - Salim Badakhchani | Certified I.T. professional, with over 20 years of experience, specialising in the banking and telecommunications industry. Passionate supporter of Community Software developed under Free and Open Source (FOSS) licenses and an early adopter and advocate of those technologies. Strong all rounder with broad industry experience spanning development and operations. Expert in defining process, documenting work flow, identifying best practice and developing tooling for...