[UPHPU] open source software and freedom (was: Zend Studio)
Gary_Thornock at sento.com
Fri Jun 3 09:08:53 MDT 2005
> Lonnie Olson wrote:
>> A $100 bucks is not the real price you are paying. The real
>> price you are paying is your freedom. Zend Studio is not
>> Free (with a capital F). Why pay someone to take away your
>> freedoms, that is just plain silly. It is just as silly as if
>> you were to pay someone to prevent you from voting. We all
>> need to learn that we shouldn't have to pay for software with
>> our freedom.
> I don't understand that point being made here. What freedoms
> are you giving up by purchasing a software license?
I don't understand either. Is there some clause in the Zend
Studio license agreement that prevents you from using vim to edit
the same code you've edited with Zend Studio? I rather doubt it.
It's great to be able to find software with a "free as in
free"  license, but, as long as there are multiple programs
available that can do the job, under a variety of licenses,
there's no loss of your freedom if some of those licenses aren't
 Example: http://www.opensource.org/licenses/bsd-license.php
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