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Re: [OT] Free software vs non-free, here we go again

On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 01:23:21PM -0400, Doug wrote:


> * The American Heritage Dictionary shows "free" first in regard to
> slavery, or arrest, etc. It goes on to discuss politics and free vs.
> dictatorship. It eventually gets to "costing nothing; gratuitous:
> _a free pass." All of these are certainly in common usage, but the
> idea of "free" applying to software that one may share seems to be
> unique to some Linux users. If you were to ask the average American
> what his first definition of "free" would be, I would bet that he'd
> say, "You don't have to pay for it."

But the average American/German/Spaniard/Austrain/etc is not a linux
user. Neither is the American Heritage Dictionary.


Bob Holtzman
A fair fight is the result of poor planning.

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