Skype is not free software
bedwards at rnli.org.uk
Mon Sep 27 10:56:54 UTC 2004
It seems to be free (as in bear) but not Open Source. Discussions as to wether software is 'free' need to define wether they means the geek version of free or the common usage.
>>> sparkes <sparkes at westmids.biz> 09/23/04 07:58pm >>>
Andy Jarvis wrote:
>I beg to differ. Skype is absolutely free.
definiately puts Skype as a non-free app.
>If you paid for it, you have
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 ;-)
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/ for the reasons behind freesoftware and
http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php for the slightly easier to
understand concept of open source software.
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