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origins of free software

origins of free software

Posted Dec 12, 2008 18:59 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: a minor quibble (squared) by AnswerGuy
Parent article: Interview: Vernor Vinge

I think it's pretty clear Vinge is using FSF terminology ("free software" is free as in freedom, not as in free beer), so that software published without any copyright reserved would not qualify as free software. (It's not free because someone can capture it. He does that by extending it to the point of obsoleting the original, then restricting use of the extended code).

However, I think most of the wonderfulness he attributes to free software is really just the wonderfulness of software. And the few points that do involve copyright would hold just as well for public domain software as for free/copyleft/GPL software.


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origins of free software

Posted Dec 23, 2008 12:01 UTC (Tue) by robbe (subscriber, #16131) [Link]

> I think it's pretty clear Vinge is using FSF terminology
> ("free software" is free as in freedom, not as in free beer),
> so that software published without any copyright reserved would
> not qualify as free software.

Doubtful. The FSF terms this kind of software (the most prominent
examples being BSD/MIT licensed works) "non copylefted free software".
See
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html#Non-Copylef...


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