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Free Beer and Free Speech Thomas Krichel http://openlib.org/home/krichel
Software anatomy: 2 forms Binary code –It will run on a compute with one OS, may not run on a computer with another. –It can not be modified. –It is difficult to find out what it does Source Code –This is human (geek) under;able code. –Can be changed. –Needs a compiler software to translate it to binary code on a specific type of computer.
Types of freedom associated with software 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) 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)
Concept of copyleft User gains freedoms 0 to 3 But: any modified version of the software also must grant the freedom 0 to 3.Adding additional restrictions in a modified version is a violation of original license. Articulated in the GNU public license http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html Nowhere does it say that the software does not cost anything.
Typology of software I ``Public domain software'', not copyrighted, but modified copies may not be free. ``Copylefted free software'', comes with the permission to use and modify, but prohibits adding further restrictions to the distribution. ``Non-copylefted free software'', comes with the permission to use, modify and add restrictions of distribution. ``Proprietary software'', is not free or semi-free.
Typology of software II ``Semi-free software'' comes with permission for individuals to use, copy, distribute, and modify (including distribution of modified versions) for non-profit purposes. ``Shareware'', comes with a permission to share but users have to pay a fee. ``Freeware'' has no agreed meaning. ``Commercial software'' is software written to make a profit from its use. There is such a thing as commercial free software.
Stereotype about free vs proprietary software less GUI in orientation expert-friendly rather than user-friendly more configurable much more secure much more stable
Important free software projects GNU –gcc –GNU Unix replacement utilities Linux FreeBSD Apache
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