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Re: [SLE] Definition of free
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 20:23:20 -0400
  • Message-id: <444825F8.2080500@xxxxxxxxxx>
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?
>
>

What's freedom worth?

With open source software, "free" means you have access to the source
and can modify it etc.

It also tends to mean low or no cost.

Both of the above are opposite of what you tend to get with Microsoft
products.



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