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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Al Klein
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 08:51:33 -0400

On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 23:18:02 -0400, Barry Margolin
<> wrote:

>While it may be a shame, they've been using the phrase for about 20 
>years now.  It's become part of the industry lexicon.  Similarly, we 
>have the jargon "freeware" that refers to software distributed at no 
>cost.  So there shouldn't be much ambiguity when the context is 

Since most people who use software aren't part of "the industry", and
understand "free" to mean "without charge", the phrase merely
technospeak - the majority of the world will continue to consider
software attached to the word free as being software without charge.
As does acf.

>AFAIK, there's no other common term for what is called "free software", 
>so it's the only phrase we can conveniently use.

Then maybe it's time we coined a term for it that's not obfuscatory.
It's back -

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