Linux Magazine: Linus� Law to the Letter
May 14, 2005, 05:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"If open source has a mantra, it must surely be, 'Free as in
speech, not free as in beer.' Software, we claim, should be
unencumbered, allowing consumers of the software to run, copy,
distribute, study, change, and improve the code as they see fit--in
other words, free, as in liberty, to exploit the code.
"But 'free as in speech' isn't just a simile for open source.
It's also one of its best practices. Most open source projects
operate as a community, where freewheeling, democratic, and even
contentious debate improves both the code and the community..."