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Re: [SLE] Definition of free
  • From: Kevanf1 <kevanf1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 21:09:58 +0100
  • Message-id: <7bca46c50604221309wd8a3c2aqfaf5cc1ee2893b48@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 22/04/06, Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC) <hylton@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hylton Conacher (ZR1HPC) wrote:
> > I have seen it many times that free software in the Linux sense means
> > "free" as in freedom, not "free" as in free beer.
> >
> > Free in the Oxford dictionary says free is defined as not under the
> > control of anyoneelse, not confined/obstructed.
> >
> > What is the difference as both can cost an arm and a leg?
> Thanks for all the thoughts but the definition still needs to be made ie
> what is the difference between free as in freedom and free as in beer?
> Is one 'freer' than the other? which of free in freedom and free as in
> free beer represents the M$ side? Can I assume the oter is the Linux free?
> I am free to do what I want ie freedom, and that means writing software,
> giving it away etc ie it is my choice. I am also free to have a beer and
> give it away etc but I cannot change it.
> Think I just solved my own query.
> Free as in freedom is like the Linux idea ie I can choose how I want it
> to be and who I give it to.
> Free as in free beer is like the M$ idea ie I cannot choose how I want
> it but I can also choose who I want to give it to, not that I want to
> give away good beer mind you. :)
I see it as one (e.g. the GPL) being an intellectual freedom and the
other being a physical freebie.


I am only human, please forgive me if I make a mistake it is not deliberate.
Xmas may be over but, PLEASE DON'T drink and drive you'll make it to
the next one that way.

Kevan Farmer

Linux user #373362

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