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Actual meaning of Free Software: Free as is beer versus Free as in speech

Feb 29, 2012, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Open source is said to distribute free software, so far so good, but what exactly we mean by free? Free as is Beer or Free as in Speech?

The difference can be narrowed down to 'no money' versus 'no restrictions (or a bit of them)'. In English, free is often mistaken for both the meanings but in Spanish they have different words for them, Gratis and Libre.

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