Free software isn't freeware: why Linux and FOSS have a higher standard

Microsoft's recent survey proclaimed nearly half the population believe it is ok to use pirated software for personal use. This diminishes the argument by Linux advocates that you can use their operating system without any cost. Yet, you can't confuse free as in cost with free as in freedom. Here's what FOSS really means.

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The Penguin Doesn't Fly, Avoid Linux

If you are an Internet addict, you are familiar with Tux, the Linux Penguin logo. All over the Internet, Linux fans are sounding off about how it, and “free software” or freeware can save you money, effort, nerves, data, time and just perhaps your soul.

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andLinux: A great way to virtualize Linux inside of Windows

There's been a lot written about virtualization recently. However, the traditional apps like VMWare and VirtualBox have always had the problems of speed and integration into the host. Luckily, there is another option: andLinux, a full-blown Ubuntu Gutsy-based distro that has been around for quite a while.

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Distinguishing Between Free Software and Freeware

I ran across a business website that refers to Amanda and Bacula as freeware. While I realize the average user may not recognize the difference, those of us who know better should distinguish clearly between the terms freeware and Free Software.

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