Skype is not free software

Santiago Erquicia santiago_erquicia at
Thu Sep 23 23:12:44 UTC 2004

On Thu, 2004-09-23 at 23:20 +0100, Andrew Sobala wrote:
> On Thu, 2004-09-23 at 19:58 +0100, sparkes wrote:
> > ah, you have misunderstood the use of the word free here.  The previous 
> > poster meant free as in freedom.  the following links might help you see 
> > the subtule difference that can lead to flamewars ;-)
> > 
> > for the reasons behind freesoftware and 
> > for the slightly easier to 
> > understand concept of open source software.
> Precisely; my comment was in reference to people asking for it to be in
> universe, which afaik is only 100% free (as in freedom) software.

I'm sorry but this thread started because I was having problems with
this program and a few days ago Marc Shuttleworth sent an email that you
can find on the archives (
users/2004-September/001450.html) where he was saying he would like to
put it in universe.  He said so after I sent the EULA link and an
extract of it where it says the requirements for redistribution.

> (I like skype and will probably be using it in a few weeks time, that's
> not the point ;)
> --
> Andrew

I would prefer to have it so I can install it easily but if it doesn't
make it into a repository I will just install it by hand.  It is
actually the only program that I can use easily to talk to my parents
and family.

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