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Software freedom day-today 20 spetember 2008

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Mr. Stephen Fry , introduces you to free software and reminds you of a very special birthday.

What is Free Software? This is how gnu defines it:

Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”.

Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:

  • The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
  • The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
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    Written by nongeekboy

    September 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

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    1. Thank you for this beautiful explanation
      And I take advantage of this explanation, and I thank the site

      forum-ksa

      September 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    2. [...] nongeekboy wrote a fantastic post today on “Software freedom day-today 20 spetember 2008″Here’s ONLY a quick extractTo understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech”, not as in “free beer”. Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. … [...]

    3. Nicely explained!!!

      Hamza

      March 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm


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