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Re: Open source - Free software

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 20:57:31 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> "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.
> Hey dak, his source is Mr. GNU President RMS.
> ------


    Please don't use the term "freeware" as a synonym for "free
    software."  The term "freeware" was used often in the 1980s for
    programs released only as executables, with source code not
    available. Today it has no particular agreed-on definition.

Again your mastery of English fails you.  "was used often for" has a
different meaning from "was often used for".  The difference is that
the term was frequently _applied_ to such software, not that it was
_restricted_ to such software.

And the last sentence clearly says that there does not exist a current
definition, in spite of what Alfred tries to bluster through.

Anyway, you are just playing with Alfred.  Shame on you.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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