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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Richard Tobin
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: 28 Sep 2006 14:46:32 GMT

In article <85ac4kkr0c.fsf@lola.goethe.zz>, David Kastrup  <> wrote:

>>>No, freeware simply means a non-free program that can be distributed
>>>at no cost.

>> Where did you get that definition?  I don't think most people's use
>> of the term excludes free programs.

>When there is a charge on them, it usually does.  Few people will call
>Redhat Enterprise Linux "freeware" since you will be hard to put to
>get it outside of an expensive subscription arrangement, in spite of
>it being free software.

So some free software is - in that view - not freeware.  But I was denying
Alfred's assertion that freeware is necessarily non-free.

-- Richard

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