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Re: Kernel

the term free software implies that you are not paying anything. while
that is true of open source software that is not the primary concern, in
my opinion, it is that it is open for you to look at the source code and
that implies that it is free. personally open is a better description
then free.

i guess it's really symantics but for me free software doesnt at all
refer to software that you can study modify or redistribuite or even
look at the source. just that you dont have to pay money for it (even
software with banners is free!) but open implies that it's open to look
at the source, do with what you want, and redistribuite.

Adam Jacob Muller

On Mon, 2001-11-12 at 15:52, Gustavo Noronha Silva wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Nov 2001 04:04:22 -0500
> youssef <youssefsan@altern.org> wrote:
> > 
> > > The Linux kernel, is a Free Software or an Open Source Software?
> > Both, it is Free and under the GPL licence,
> > which is the best exemple of Open Source licence.
> well, these are different "movements", we could say... the open source
> movement wants technicaly good programs and nothing else... the
> free software movement is worried about making a better society
> but... this is theory and in real life this is not applying anymore,
> in some ways...
> basically a truly "free" software and a true "open source" software 
> (as defined on the open source definition, wich was based on the
> Debian Free Software Guidelines) are the same thing... you can name it 
> whatever you want, I prefer 'free software'
> > The most important thing, is that it is _Open_
> I disagree, I think the most inportant thing is that it is "free",
> that it enables me to study, modify and redistribute it, "open"
> not always means I can modify/distribute...
> []s!
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