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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 12:38:48 -0400
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In article <>,
 "Alfred M. Szmidt" <> 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.
> It is how the term has been defined since around the 1980's.  And yes,
> it does exclude free software, since free software by definition is
> commercial software too.

Not all free software is commercial.  Some is, some isn't.  So does 
freeware exclude *all* free software, or just commercial software 
(whether it's free or not)?

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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