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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:30:34 -0400
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In article <>,
 Al Klein <rukbat@pern.invalid> wrote:

> On Tue, 26 Sep 2006 23:38:22 -0700, Jim Richardson
> <> wrote:
> >"freeware" and "Free Software" are not the same thing. Free Software
> >refers to (mostly) GPL stuff.
> Free Software may, but free software refers to software that's free
> (by any of the many definitions of the word "free".  (That's how
> English [and most other languages] works.)
> Open Source Software is, of necessity, Free Software (and free
> software), but free software isn't limited to Open Source Software.

I think you have this backwards.  There are open source licenses that 
don't meet the requirements of the FSF's definition of free software.  
But since free software has to make source code available, free software 
is of necessity open source.

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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