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Re: Open source - Free software

From: Al Klein
Subject: Re: Open source - Free software
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 23:13:59 -0400

On Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:53:19 +0200, Stefaan A Eeckels
<> wrote:

>On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 21:13:43 -0400
>Al Klein <rukbat@pern.invalid> wrote:
>> On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 14:27:34 -0400, Barry Margolin
>> <> wrote:
>> >Whether they should be able to is of purely academic interest.  The
>> >fact is that they *did* do this, and this is what the phrase "free
>> >software" now means in the industry.  You can dislike it all you
>> >want, but you can't legitimately claim that it didn't happen, and
>> >ignoring it will simply lead to confusion in discussions like this.
>> So will ignoring the fact that "free <any product in commerce>" means
>> without charge.
>But unless you talk about a box in a shop, software isn't "any product
>in commerce".

It's *A* product in commerce.  Whether the method of transport is the
postal service, your arm reaching for a box on the shelf or a download
is irrelevant to the fact that it's a product in commerce.
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