And that's exactly what we're trying to do. We spent a lot of time answering posts and countering misinformation on the forums, and also putting together the FAQ here:
CG Icon wrote:
honestly becasue no one explains the difference between open source, freeware and the like,,,, in peoples mind open source means freeware and freeware means free.. to a lot of people,, they dont know that the free in freeware means free source code. in peoples mind there is the MS people and all the software that supports it that is high end dollar and after that everything else is free,, it is what they have come to expect ( right or wrong,,it is the stigma of open source)
bashing the conceptions of the ignorant will not help,,,, perhaps if the community drafted a statement on the definition of these terms and each posted on thier sites it would turn the tide and change the attitudes..
education is the key here.