Browsing through our current tags, I see we have (even with a tag wiki already), and (which I just learned stands for "free/libre open-source software"). The latter IMHO is a rather uncommon (or at least less known; before yesterday, I only knew FOSS for "free and open-source") term for the same, as open-source generally is "libre" (you have the liberty to get the code and poke with it), and mostly free (except for donations).

Request: Shouldn't be merged into , and then made a synonym to the latter?

I know there's a related discussion ongoing with Tags for free software and free software?. But AFAIR this "synonym" was something already agreed on (i.e. it was agreed both terms are used synonymously – not on the fact to create a synonym ;)

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    Yes, I agree. I'd never really heard FLOSS used before this site, and I had to Wikipedia it to find out. Open source, though, is much more widely known.
    – user46
    Feb 7, 2014 at 20:23
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    Wikipedia... didn't think of that. Ouch: Somebody, please, shoot this pitiful acronym through the head and put it out of our misery and I continue to find it difficult to take seriously anyone who adopts an excruciatingly bad, haplessly obscure acronym associated with dental hygiene aids – yes, I tend to agree :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Feb 7, 2014 at 20:33
  • It would be nicer and fancier if we could get Robert Cartaino to synonymize them.
    – Seth
    Feb 7, 2014 at 20:38
  • @Seth I would love to read his comment here, indeed :)
    – Izzy Mod
    Feb 7, 2014 at 21:05

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(expecting an email chiding me about some nuanced difference between them)

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