[Linux-aus] Young Aussies say pirated software is OK

Neal Schulz neal.schulz at internode.on.net
Thu Feb 12 19:12:37 EST 2009

Regarding Free versus free; Why didn't Stallman just call it Freedom  
Software? When he talks about Free Software he talks about freedom. It  
would eliminate the confusion with freeware.

Now if everyone will just jump on my bandwagon we can change the name  


On 08/02/2009, at 4:54 PM, Andy White wrote:

> I think there is an issue we need to be mindful of here, which is that
> some people (and anecdotally, I can give more examples) are equating
> Free Software with free software. I do my best to educate on the
> difference where I can, and you can't help every single person on the
> planet at the end of the day, but nevertheless... there is a
> misconstrued relationship between the two terms.
> What can the list do about it? Probably not much, immediately, other
> than keep on our toes and keep explaining the difference to folks.
> Andy White
> e: andy at lgsolutions.com.au
> m: +61 411246100
> On 08/02/2009, at 11:48 AM, Jon 'maddog' Hall wrote:
>> [snip]
>> But relating freeware with Free Software is not what this group is
>> about.  We are about Free Software (which some people call "Open
>> Source").
>> And quite frankly, it is not about whether the software is "gratis"  
>> or
>> not.  No software is without "cost".  There is the cost of installing
>> it, integrating it, learning to use it, upgrading it...and this
>> happens
>> whether it is freeware, Free Software or Proprietary Closed Source
>> Software.
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