I just mentioned Aether in a chatroom and someone said "doesnt look open source"

I think most, if not all, or at least a significant portion of the people who are interested in a peer-to-peer Reddit alternative also prefer to use open source software. At least link to the github page at the bottom of https://getaether.net/opensource/.

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The issue with this is that I got people complaining both ways — the definition of open source isn’t super clear and lots of people have much different understanding of what it means without realising. So the website used to say it, but then people would complain and ask me to remove it. So I removed, now I’m getting people asking me to add it. :slightly_smiling_face:

Ultimately, yes, Aether’s source is available under a licence that is commonly known to be an open source license by most of the community and the Free Software Foundation. However that was not enough for some people, so instead of dealing with that bullying I just removed it. People who are interested in it (like you) can find it easily on Github, since the Github link is widely and publicly available otherwise in many discussions about Aether online, on Hacker News and so on.

Thanks for developing Aether!

Aether is (thankfully!) released under the GNU AGPL licence. If this were positioned prominently, that would be helpful and people could decided for themselves.

To me, Open Source means only that the code is available and that you can view it. It does not imply that you can change the code, share the code, or use the code as well. If you have all four freedoms, then it is Free Software.

For whatever it’s wroth your definition of open source etc. is consistent with mine, but lots of people don’t agree with that. It’s a holy war, I don’t want to fight this, since it just makes everyone feel bad in the end.

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