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63. Re: GNU Guru: Linux Steam Jul 31, 2012, 19:15 jdreyer
 
Bhruic wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 14:13:
Beamer wrote on Jul 31, 2012, 13:51:
Nice to see I wasn't the only one that goofed on his terminology. "Non-free" means "the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. With these freedoms, the users (both individually and collectively) control the program and what it does for them."

It has nothing to do with price.

I don't understand how so many people are confusing "freedom" and "free". There's a reason he continually uses the word "freedom" in there, and that's because you can't (or shouldn't be able to) confuse "freedom" with pricing.

Look at it this way - all of the words in a book are publicly available. There's nothing "hidden" behind the scenes. Books are, effectively, open-source. And yet people still make money selling them.

Being open-source doesn't mean you have to give it away. Being open-source doesn't mean you give up your copyright (although there are licensing agreements that do, which you aren't obliged to use). All of this talk about people not being able to make money is nonsense.

What Stallman said was vague and confusing, thus people were confused. If he had said, "Software with EULAs that you're not allowed to modify infringe on your freedom" this thread would have been much smaller and more focused on what he meant.

As for your analogy, it's a poor one. The words correlate to programming languages like Java or C++. Anyone can write programs in those languages. The book itself is not open source. I can't cut and paste paragraphs from LOTR into my new book and call it mine, nor can I changed passages in LOTR and republish it. I'd be sued by Tolkien's estate for copyright infringement, at least until the CR expires. The same goes for software: I can't take the weapons from UT3 and put them into MW2, redistribute it, and say I improved it, but Stallman is saying that being restricted from doing that infringes your freedom, that's why non-open source is bad (according to him).
 
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