Xming appears to be a useful program for accessing and running your GNU/Linux applications remotely from a Windows computer. It is licensed under the GPLv2. But just how free is it, really?

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Created by dcparris 16 years 22 weeks ago – Made popular 16 years 22 weeks ago
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16 years 22 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago


The whole point of free software

The whole point of free software is that the users have the right to redistribute free software without requiring additional permission. Also, free software only "devalues" the cost of software only because the value of proprietary software is overinflated. Proprietary software makes use of artificial scarcity. Artificial scarcity applied to software is absurd because the supply of a copy of software is essentially limitless.

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16 years 22 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago


I think that is yet another good

I think that is yet another good reason to update to GPLv3.
GPLv3 explicitly states: “If the Program as you received it, or any part of it, contains a notice stating that it is governed by this License along with a term that is a further restriction, you may remove that term.” [section 7]

So even if someone doesn't understand the license and adds additional restrictions, it does not harm.

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