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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 11:41:24 +0200

David Kastrup wrote:
> Al Klein <rukbat@pern.invalid> writes:
> > On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:27:34 -0400, Barry Margolin
> > <> wrote:
> >
> >>Whether they should be able to is of purely academic interest.  The fact
> >>is that they *did* do this, and this is what the phrase "free software"
> >>now means in the industry.  You can dislike it all you want, but you
> >>can't legitimately claim that it didn't happen, and ignoring it will
> >>simply lead to confusion in discussions like this.
> >
> > So will ignoring the fact that "free <any product in commerce>" means
> > without charge.
> Like "free press"?

Like "free neighborhood newspaper".

"From the user's vantage point, SmartDownload could be analogized to a 
free neighborhood newspaper, readily obtained from a sidewalk box or 
supermarket counter without any exchange with a seller or vender. It is 
there for the taking. " 


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