AcrobatReader: A bug or intentionally?
newburghmark at aol.com
Fri Apr 27 10:56:55 BST 2007
I've read the GNU link. It doesn't purport to deal with licensing
issues. It makes a good case that, if the provider of proprietary
software attaches so many strings that you can only get limited use
out of a product, that you aren't getting very much. That would be
hard to argue.
But it doesn't really attempt to define terms with regard to Acrobat
or anything else.
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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