[nSLUG] Richard Stallman in Halifax

David Payne david at payneful.ca
Fri Jan 30 13:40:21 AST 2009


On Fri, 2009-01-30 at 13:20 -0400, Daniel Morrison wrote:
> Challenge: name a "freedom" which is not permitted by Free software.
> Hint: a restriction (i.e. the right to restrict distribution of
> portions of the software, such as the source, is not a freedom).

Software released under the GPL has a restriction, you can't make
derivative copies and release your copies without access to the source
code.  In most peoples eyes this is a *good* restriction, but it's a
restriction none the less.  Truly free software would be in the public
domain.

Not being aloud to release software without source code is less freedom
than being able to do what ever you want with the software.

David




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