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"Free Software" - what does that mean?

Characteristics of Free Software

  • Any software can be Free

    • GNU/Linux, Apache, Gcc, Perl

      Examples for system related software

    • KDE,, Gimp

      Examples for applications

    • Software for router, mobile phones, ...

      Examples for embedded system

      Shows how deep software is integrated in our every day life

  • The actual product is gratis

    However: Price plays a role, but is not crucial

  • Source code is available

    Important for the most of the following four rights, which every user of Free Software has

    • Software may be used for any purpose
    • The sources may be studied and changed
    • The software may be distributed arbitrarily
    • Changed versions may be distributed arbitrarily


Free in the sense of freedom

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