"...On 26 june a prophet came to CERN. Complete with long hair and a bushy unkempt, Richard Stallman looked every bit the part. His message was software should be free. [...] The year that Stallman came to CERN, Tim had published a note in a CERN computing newsletter drawing the laboratarie's attention to GNU. [...] «When we speak of free software ... we are refrerring to freedom, not price». But it was not just the ideal that had impressed Tim..."

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Created by can.axis 9 years 13 weeks ago – Made popular 9 years 13 weeks ago
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9 years 13 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago


This guy is confused

This guy is confused about free software and the GPL. The GPL does not require anyone to publish code to the public. The GPL does not restrict licensees to pursue commercial endeavours with that licensed program. The GPL guarantees user freedom by removing the power to subject downstream users to division and helplessness.

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9 years 13 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago


Look like someone didn't got

Look like someone didn't got the free software meme even though "when we speak of free software, we refer to freedom, not price" is right in front of them.

It is like believing that monopolies are evil and copyright is a good thing, even though copyright is a government granted monopoly right. Even obvious concepts like the wheel don't come easily to people.

It just mean that we have to be aware that some people just don't get it.
*Copyright creates monopolies. Copyleft promote the free market.

*"Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely"-- http://againstmonopoly.org