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Sam Ockman Archive

Taking the “Free” Out of Open Source
In 1998, I was among the five-person group that coined the term "open source" (the others being Todd Anderson, Chris Peterson, Larry Augustin, and Eric Raymond). The five of us were brought together after Netscape decided to make their browser free software. Our goals were twofold: see what we could do to make sure that Netscape was successful with their free software project, and do what we could to take advantage of the publicity surrounding the Netscape event to make Linux successful.