Linked by ddc_ on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:22 UTC
Slackware, Slax There are different reasons people use Unix-like operating systems, including configurable, availability free of charge, powerful command line interface an many more. Some people are motivated by the moral issue: they reject non-free software. Specifically for such users Free Software Foundation developed Guidelines for Free System Distributions and created the list of absolutely free ("as in freedom") distributions. In this article we are going to look at the most recent entry on the list - Parabola GNU/Linux.
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RE: *Sigh*
by drcouzelis on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 18:59 UTC in reply to "*Sigh*"
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2010-01-11

Their definition of freedom is if I want to modify their program for my personal use I am obligated/forced "The opposite of freedom" to make that available.


That's incorrect.

You may do whatever you want with the source code of GPL software for personal use. If you decide to modify it AND distribute it, then the GPL states that you need to provide the source code of the changes you made.

Open Sourcing an application is only useful to a programmer, not the general populace. I know RMS believes everyone should be a programmer, modify software to work as they want it then commit the changes back. I personally just want software that works, if I have to pay for it thats fine.


With free and open source software, I have the freedom to modify the software myself or pay anyone else to do it. This is useful for everyone, not just programmers.

Richard Stallman doesn't believe everyone should be a programmer.

As for you wanting software that works even if you have to pay for it, cost isn't really relative to this article. There's nothing preventing you from selling or purchasing free and open source software.

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