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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Stefaan A Eeckels
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:53:19 +0200

On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 21:13:43 -0400
Al Klein <rukbat@pern.invalid> wrote:

> 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.

But unless you talk about a box in a shop, software isn't "any product
in commerce".

Stefaan A Eeckels
People don't ask for facts in making up their minds.  They would rather
have one good soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.     --Leavitt

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