[sf-lug] OLPC to become more like Microsoft...
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Mar 11 13:31:46 PDT 2008
Quoting RBV (GoodWriter2548 at earthlink.net):
> I presume that one of the things that will always differentiate
> open-source / FOSS software from commercial software is the fact that
> FOSS isn't compelled to artificially create "features" on order to pad
> out an upgrade list.
Um, whether software is commercial or non-commercial is an _orthogonal_
issue from whether it's proprietary or open source.
If I sell you a CD with nothing but open source software on it, that
makes it by definition commercial software (because it was the object of
commerce). If I give you a CD with a copy of the proprietary Adobe
Acrobat Reader on it, that is (at that moment) non-commercial software,
since it was not the object of commerce.
Many of the enemies of open source / free software work hard to convince
people that such software is inherently non-commercial. The next step
after that is to convince us that "academic" licences permitting
non-commercial use only are OK. However, one of the really key freedoms
that Stallman and others have worked long and hard for is the right to
use software for _any_ purpose including (in particular) commerce.
Please do not fall into that trap.
The obverse of open source / free licensing is _proprietary_ licensing,
not "commercial" licensing.
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