[UPHPU] open source software and freedom (was: Zend Studio)

Wade Preston Shearer lists at wadeshearer.com
Fri Jun 3 13:29:22 MDT 2005

> The freedoms you give up by purchasing a closed-source/Non-Free  
> license include, but not limited to:
> * The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
> * The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your  
> needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for  
> this.
> * The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor  
> (freedom 2).
> * The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements  
> to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3).  
> Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

These are freedoms that you never had though, so you are not giving  
anything up. Closed source has limits that open-source does not, but  
choosing the limited option is not giving up freedoms. You make a  
conscious decision to do that.

There is nothing wrong with closed-source software. If someone wants  
to produce that as a product and sell it and someone else wants to  
purchase that, then that is simply commerce—goods and services.
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