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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 16:57:51 +0200

Barry Margolin wrote:
> In article <>,
>  Alexander Terekhov <> wrote:
> > Barry Margolin wrote:
> > [...]
> > > And in the GNU and Linux newsgroups, the context establishes that "free
> > > software" refers to freedom,
> >
> > And "freedom" as in what, Barry?
> Liberty, rights, etc.  From the preamble of the GPL:

Do you consider paying taxes being a threat to your liberty, Barry?

>   When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not
> price. 

That's just GPL-moronizing blah-blah. Refer to whatever you want. The
terms matter, not preamble blah-blah.
>        Our General Public Licenses are designed to make sure that you
> have the freedom to distribute copies of free software (and charge for
> this service if you wish), 

That's "first sale" (as codified in 17 USC 109) which covers copies 
(material objects in which works are fixed) "lawfully made". No license 
is needed (apart from rental and lease). The right is statutory default.

>                            that you receive source code or can get it
> if you want it, that you can change the software or use pieces of it
> in new free programs; and that you know you can do these things.

Imagine that I have no problems whatsoever with you doing these 
things... just pay for the privileges reserved to copyright owners 
(and I mean straightforward charging for grant of rights, not Red Hat 
like hacks with mandatory service fees for all "installed systems"). 
But that would be neither "GPL compatible" nor "free software", right? 



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