Monday, July 27, 2015

logiciel libre et logiciel gratuit

You have a defective language. Try French, with logiciel libre et logiciel gratuit.
Free software (logiciel libre) is not software given for free, for USD0.00.
Free software (logiciel libre) is software that gives freedoms to the user:
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0). - The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this. - The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2). - The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. If creating software costs you dearly, then of course, you shall invoice your users for selling your software to them. Bug give them those freedoms! Sell free software. Don't give enslaving software for free (gratuitement).
As a user, I would not use freeware (logiciel gratuit). Freeware (logiciel gratuit) is enslaving; usually the source is even not available, so I cannot verify that freeware software (logiciel gratuit) doesn't do something evil in my back.
Notice that if you sell your logiciel libre under the GPL license, you have to give the sources of your logiciel libre to your paying customer, but not to anybody else. Of course, then your customer has the 4 freedoms described above, and he could further sell or give your software, along with the sources to somebody else. But this is work and it would involve charges, so he may choose not to do so.

from lizard's ghost

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