AcrobatReader: A bug or intentionally?
newburghmark at aol.com
Wed Apr 25 19:28:16 UTC 2007
At 01:30 PM 25/04/2007, you wrote:
>On Tuesday 24 April 2007 04:19, Sarah Hobbs wrote:
> > Check the licencing on the adobe site - when i looked, I think i found
> > that you needed a licence/agreement to actually distribute it, in almost
> > all countries.
>Right. It has always been free (beer), not free (speech)
Realize though, the fact that you need a license doesn't mean that
one is expensive or hard to obtain. Technically, you need a license
to do anything with Linux, you just get one without asking called a
General public license.
The software owner might be more interested in preventing someone
from modifying his software than from making a lot of money. Or,
like Adobe, he might be willing to give you a license for free
because he hopes that you will turn around and buy his full suite.
Netscape was giving a free license to just about anybody who would
listen because browsers like 4.08 had a built in button on the
toolbar that took you to their site.
There are software owners out there that, if you sent them an email
asking about how to get a license, would respond with a license. I
have a free license to run McAfee on my system. All Mcafee asked me
to do was have an email account with their marketing partner, AOL. I
didn't even have to check my email there. But they don't want me to
defeat the feature that runs adds at the bottom of the gui, because
that is how they make their money.
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