Why the distinction between free software and GPL software is important

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Sat Apr 28 07:13:02 BST 2007


On Friday 27 April 2007 18:59, Art Alexion wrote:
> On Thursday 26 April 2007 08:14, Nils Kassube wrote:
> > Would you care to elaborate what definition of "free" you have in
> > mind here? If you look it up at e.g. www.dictionary.com you get many
> > definitions for "free", but only a few talk about the absence of
> > money / cost.
>
> Don't count definitions.  The definitions of free that do not involve
> cost have many subtle differences requiring varied definitions.  That
> doesn't mean each definition is in equal use.  The lack of cost
> definition is clear, less subtle.  It can be handled by a single
> definition, but that doesn't mean it is used less than the combined
> alternative definitions.
>
> When referring to an object -- like software-- rather than a living
> thing, most native English speakers probably presume free of cost
> unless context dictates the contrary.

Thanks for the explanation. Now I know where I was thinking in the wrong 
direction.


Nils




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