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Date:      Wed, 23 Feb 2005 12:39:05 -0700
From:      Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC <chad@shire.net>
To:        List Free Bsd <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: Different OS's? Marketshare
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On Feb 23, 2005, at 12:32 PM, Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC 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"...
>
>

As a follow up

<http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html>;

I am not saying I agree or disagree with everything written, but it 
gives a good idea of what "Free" means as in "Free Software."

Chad



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