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Linux.com: Freedom: What it Really Is

Jul 31, 2000, 22:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Master Sibn)

"During many discussions with friends of mine, Linux has the tendency to come up whenever the discussion turns to computers somehow. Be it computer games versus console games, somehow, I always manage to slip our favorite software in there somewhere."

"Surely, Linux has many things in its favor: symmetric multi-processing, multitasking, multiuser, small memory footprint, kernel is customisable on a "per-unit" basis, stability and many others. Sadly, the cost of this software is sorely understated."

"When most people think that Linux is free, they perceive it to be as in a gift; While it is certainly free in that respect, there is something even more important about it. This is about the difference between free speech, and free beer."

"Often, I myself am guilty of perceiving free beer to be better than free speech. I simply cannot allow this misconception to spread further. If I could believe it, somebody somewhere else could most certainly believe it. Ignorance and FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) assuredly keeps some person in the illusion that free stuff is better than freedom."

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