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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 17:59:57 +0100

Qui, 2006-09-28 às 18:48 +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt escreveu:
>    Not all free software is commercial.
> All free software must be commercial, anyone can charge a fee for the
> act of distributing it.  Otherwise, it is not free software.

This discussion is tiresome. You've all fallen prey to the "commercial"

No software is or isn't commercial.

Every software can be used in a commercial form unless the license
doesn't permit it to.

Every Free Software license permits the covered software to be used
commercially, but what makes it "commercial" or not is if it's used
commercially or not.

Debian's GNU bash is not distributed in a commercial form (although it
can be used in such manner)

RHEL's GNU bash is distributed in a commercial form AND non-commercial
form (the source code is on their FTP site, but the binaries only come
through commercial support channels).

Commercial is a very unpratical word to classify some software. That's
why I prefer to say Free Software or Non-Free Software.


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