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Re: [SLE] Definition of free
  • From: Jerry Feldman <gaf@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 09:40:13 -0400
  • Message-id: <200604210940.13511.gaf@xxxxxxx>
This is from the Free Software Foundation which is the originator of the
term. It is irrelevant what the dictionary states as RMS defines what "free
software" is.
http://www.fsf.org/
'Free software is a matter of liberty not price. You should think of "free"
as in "free speech".'

Additionally:
http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute,
study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four
kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

* The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
* The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs
(freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
(freedom 2).
* The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to
the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the
source code is a precondition for this.

A program is free software if users have all of these freedoms. Thus, you
should be free to redistribute copies, either with or without
modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for distribution, to anyone
anywhere. Being free to do these things means (among other things) that you
do not have to ask or pay for permission.

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Jerry Feldman <gaf@xxxxxxx>
Boston Linux and Unix user group
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