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Date:      Wed, 23 Feb 2005 13:38:04 -0600
From:      Jacob S <stormspotter@6Texans.net>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Different OS's? Marketshare
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On Wed, 23 Feb 2005 12:32:50 -0700
Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC <chad@shire.net> wrote:

> 
> On Feb 23, 2005, at 12:23 PM, Jacob S wrote:
> 
> > On Wed, 23 Feb 2005 19:46:47 +0100
> > Anthony Atkielski <atkielski.anthony@wanadoo.fr> wrote:
> >
> >> Jacob S writes:
> >>
> >>> Good. I'm glad to see the average Windows user looking around the
> >>> computer store still gets to see an alternative once in a while.
> >>
> >> I'm pretty sure I've seen Mandrake, SuSE, RedHat, Fedora, and a
> >couple> of other Linux versions in computer stores.
> >>
> >> A few years ago, I bought my first copy of FreeBSD (4.3) in a
> >computer> store.  Now I can't find FreeBSD anywhere; I had to burn my
> >own CD> from a download to install 5.3.
> >
> > So, FreeBSD is vulnerable to this same hypocrasy; where it is sold
> > in stores but still hailed as a "free" OS?
> 
> I think you are misunderstanding what "free" means.  Though I think
> RMS is a closet-communist and dislike the GPL, his description of
> "Free" is pretty good.
> 
> Don't think "free" as in "Free Beer"...

I agree. And if you read my previous e-mails you will see I briefly
mention the free-as-in-food and free-as-in-speech argument. On the other
hand, Anthony appears to be arguing that it's hypocritical for Linux
users to call Linux "free" when they really mean free-as-in-speech.

Jacob



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