AcrobatReader: A bug or intentionally?
newburghmark at aol.com
Thu Apr 26 10:15:58 UTC 2007
It IS FREE SOFTWARE, IT'S JUST NOT GPL SOFTWARE. There is a
difference. GPL software can be modified by the user or used as a
basis to engineer something else. Free software ( but still
proprietary) comes with a license that doesn't authorize the end user
to modify it. The professor who went over this in the class that I
was in was teaching a class of students who will wind up writing
software for a living. They they have to be clear what they are
going to do with their end product, and if they can legally modify a program.
It could be that Adobe's concern is little more than that they charge
Yahoo to put a search bar in Reader and Yahoo wants some assurance
that the end user won't be able to take it out.
At 12:22 AM 26/04/2007, you wrote:
>Art Alexion wrote:
> > Adobe wants two things: To give away as many readers as possible
> to add value
> > to the PDF format and, hence make money selling PDF creation and editing
> > software. To keep its code proprietary.
>Given that they make money off proprietary creation software (despite
>broad competition), I don't understand (purely from a financial point of
>view) why they keep the reader proprietary; making it free software
>would make increase distribution.
> > Heresy alert: I don't care what Richard M. Stallman says, there is a
> > difference between free software and open source software.
>I guess you mean "at no charge" when you say free. It would help if you
>said gratis instead, to avoid confusion. I mean freedom when I say free
>software and sometimes say libre to clarify. Stallman agrees with your
>statement, but for a totally different reason
> > People can give
> > away proprietary software (like Adobe does) and sell open source software
> > (Like Red Hat and Suse do)
>Certainly. Almost all the software Red Hat sells is /both/ free and
>open source software.
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