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LinuxInsider: Free as in Freedom: A Keynote Considered

Aug 12, 2004, 14:30 (15 Talkback[s])
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"Last week, I spoke at SCO Forum and have been fascinated at how far some folks appear to be going to misquote the keynote I delivered there. If you separate yourself from bias, you will see that I never said that all folks who buy the concept of free software are idiots--only some of them. You also will see that I am very clear that 'free,' in the context of my talk, is, in fact, free as in free beer. I do know the difference between that and free as in freedom.

"You'll also note that I don't mention open-source software very much at all and that 'open source' clearly isn't in the title of the keynote, regardless of what some postings around the Net have said. I'm a big believer in freedom and I also believe that a large number of Linux backers only believe in free as in 'free only if you agree,' which denies choice and, in my view, isn't freedom at all..."

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