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Re: Open source - Free software

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 21:09:16 +0200
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"Alfred M. Szmidt" <> writes:

>    > The meaning of freeware has been non-free software that is
>    > distributed as gratis since the '80s.  Maybe you are to young to
>    > remeber this, but that is how it is.  If you don't like it, go do
>    > some hacking instead, since you obviously have way to much free
>    > time on your hands.
>    So you don't have a source to back up your claim and are just
>    blowing smoke.  Thanks for clearing that up.
> Just because it is not in a dictionary does not mean that the word
> does not have a proper definition.

I did not say "dictionary".  Just any old reference will serve.  If
the word has a proper definition, you should be able to give a
_single_ reference from anywhere else but your own imagination.

> There are several words which are not in the dictionary which are
> commonly used, and as it happens computer jargon like terms like
> `freeware' are not defined in dictionaries,

Oh, but there are jargon files, and a web search will easily dig up
hundreds of definitions.

> they are defined by the community, and as it happens the definition
> of freeware has always been `no charge non-free software'.

Then you should be able to find a single other person of "the
community" that backs your definition.  You alone don't constitute a

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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