[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
> * 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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