Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Dec 2009 15:16 UTC, submitted by chully
Gnome Over the weekend, there has been a bit of a ruffling of the feathers over in the GNOME camp. It started with complaints received about the content on Planet GNOME, and ended with people proposing and organising a vote to split GNOME from the GNU Project.
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pjafrombbay
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2005-07-31

...Software Freedom has nothing to do with chraging money for software.

The GPL explicitly allows for charging for copies of the software. It also makes absolutely no mention of other ways of making money from the software ... hence Red Hat's business model, and Mozilla's business model.

"Free Software" is not about the cost of the software, it is all about the freedom of the code and the freedom of people's acess to that source code.

You are confusing "Freedom" and "Free Software" with "Zero cost". You are probably doing this intentionally.


I know exactly what I meant and am not confusing anything. The point I was making is that many organisations (Sun Microsystems for example with OOo and IBM for Ubuntu) provide a great deal of resources to FOSS projects. Without these contributions many of the more successful FOSS projects either would not exist or would not be as good a product as they are.

I believe that the mis-guided "purity" of no commercial input to FOSS projects is just muddle-headed.

Regards,
Peter

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