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  Free Software - Ciaran O'Riordan
Free software is not always without restriction, but restrictions are only permitted if they are which are trivial or are the minimum necessary to ensure that further recipients also receive these freedoms.
Free software grants these freedoms to recipients by accompanying the software with a licence which grants permission to do these things, and by making the software available in human readable source code form as well as, optionally, in computer readable binary form.
So that code from seperate free software packages could be combined, and to prevent the duplication of work (which leads to flaws), he wrote a free software copyleft-style license for the public which was general enough to be usable for any software project.
ciaran.compsoc.com /free-software.html   (1611 words)

  Free software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The usual way for software to be distributed as free software is for the software to be licensed to the recipient with a free software license (or be in the public domain), and the source code of the software to be made available (for a compiled language).
Software that is not free software is known as proprietary software.
Free software is generally available at little to no cost and can result in permanently lower costs compared to proprietary software, evidence by free software becoming popular in third world countries.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_software   (2778 words)

 Free Software Foundation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit corporation founded in October 1985 by Richard Stallman to support the free software movement (free as in freedom), and in particular the GNU project.
The original purpose of the FSF was to promote the ideals of free software but the organization was also charged with developing the GNU operating system.
In 2001, Free Software Foundation Europe was founded in Germany to act as a "hub" for the Free Software organisations of Europe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Free_Software_Foundation   (976 words)

 FSF - The Free Software Definition
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.
Software developers do not have the power to eliminate or override these restrictions, but what they can and must do is refuse to impose them as conditions of use of the program.
To decide whether a specific software license qualifies as a free software license, we judge it based on these criteria to determine whether it fits their spirit as well as the precise words.
www.fsf.org /licensing/essays/free-sw.html   (1362 words)

 Free software fefinition by The Linux Information Project (LINFO)
Freely available means that there is no requirement for a monetary payment nor is there any other obstacle for anyone wanting to obtain the source code (except the lack of a computer and an Internet connection).
Free software, as the term is usually used, and public domain software resemble each other in that both are usually free both in a monetary sense and with regard to use.
In general, there is a tendency for advocates of the term term free software to emphasize the ideological aspects of software, including the ethical or moral aspects, and they view technical excellence as both a desirable and an unavoidable by-product of their ethical standards.
www.bellevuelinux.org /free_software.html   (2007 words)

 Debian -- What Does Free Mean?
Software that is free only in the sense that you don't need to pay to use it is hardly free at all.
Software companies are looking to protect their assets so they only release compiled code (which isn't human readable) and put many restrictions on the use of the software.
While free software is not totally free of constraints (only putting something in the public domain does that) it gives the user the flexibility to do what they need in order to get work done.
www.debian.org /intro/free   (1046 words)

 The Free Software Definition - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
Thus, you should be free to redistribute copies, either with or without modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for distribution, to anyone anywhere.
Software manuals must be free, for the same reasons that software must be free, and because the manuals are in effect part of the software.
Any kind of work can be free, and the definition of free software has been extended to a definition of free cultural works applicable to any kind of works.
www.gnu.org /philosophy/free-sw.html   (1487 words)

 Debian Social Contract
The Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG) part of the contract, initially designed as a set of commitments that we agree to abide by, has been adopted by the free software community as the basis of the Open Source Definition.
The license must not place restrictions on other software that is distributed along with the licensed software.
This document was drafted by Bruce Perens, refined by the other Debian developers during a month-long e-mail conference in June 1997, and then accepted as the publicly stated policy of the Debian Project.
www.debian.org /social_contract   (986 words)

 Free Software User Group - Kozhikode
The word `free' in free software has a similar meaning as in free speech, free people and free country and should not be confused with its other meaning associated with zero-cost or low-cost.
Think of free software as software which is free of encumbrances, not necessarily free of cost.
Advocating and promoting the use of free software by providing technical assistance related to free software, bringing together free software businesses and free software users, and propagating the message of software freedom in and around the city of Calicut (Kerala, India).
www.geocities.com /fsug_calicut   (565 words)

 Free software 2.0
Today, free software represents one of the greatest opportunities for both buyers and sellers of software, offering what is increasingly viewed as a viable exit strategy away from the trappings of the software oligarchy and the rising cost of proprietary licensing.
The free software licensing model allows software to be freely shared, shifting competitive differentiation among software publishers from proprietary code to the quality of support and services.
The first wave of free software to impact commercial computing was at the server level, notably the explosive roll-out of Linux since the late 1990s, and the less visible but equally pervasive adoption of the Apache Web server family.
www.freesoftwaremagazine.com /free_issues/issue_05/report_on_free_software   (1284 words)

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A traditional free software application is configurable so that it has the union of all features anyone's ever seen in any equivalent application on any other historical platform.
The traditional, de facto free software line between when a preference should exist and when it shouldn't is "a preference should exist if someone implements it or asks for it." No one is going to seriously defend this one though.
As the maintainer of a free software package, it's really tough to stand up to the continuous barrage of feature requests, many of which are "requests for preferences," often accompanied by patches.
www106.pair.com /rhp/free-software-ui.html   (3740 words)

 ONLamp.com -- What Is Free Software
Free software is software that may be modified and redistributed freely by anyone, with no significant restrictions on how the code may be changed, the uses to which it may be put, or the parties with whom it may be shared.
Today, free software is a large body of high-quality code on which much of the internet depends for critical functions, and it constitutes the core operating system for an increasing number of desktop machines as well.
In the beginning, most software was free by default--free not only in the sense of "zero cost," but also in the sense of "freedom." The early computer industry was organized mainly around selling hardware, with each company offering its own unique design, incompatible with everyone else's.
www.onlamp.com /pub/a/onlamp/2005/09/29/what-is-free-software.html   (1194 words)

 Free Software Advocacy + Politics (Australia)
I'm interested in linking the free software movement with the struggle for social justice and developing the synergies between them, and in connecting free software with freedom of information issues in other areas.
George Grisancich and I met with Barry Jones in 1999 to discuss free software, and he seemed quite receptive.
the ambiguity of "free software", it emphasizes "access to source code" at the expense of other important ideas.
danny.oz.au /free-software/index.html   (386 words)

 Ciarán O'Riordan: My Free Software and digital rights work
The free software movement aims to secure, for all software users, the freedom to help themselves and the freedom to cooperate with others, when they choose, on a commercial or non-commercial basis.
Software is usually distributed in a form which can be run by a computer, but which is all meaningless 1s and 0s to a human.
When the software is doing something the user is not happy with, or when it crashes, or when it has a limitation, the user should be able to modify the program to fix this.
ciaran.compsoc.com   (2398 words)

 Free Software Leaders Stand Together
A number of the free software evangelists, in informal discussion, felt that the proper response to Microsoft would be to stand together.
Developers allow their software to be freely redistributed and modified, asking only for the same privileges in return.
Free Software is a great way to build a common foundation of software that encourages innovation and fair competition.
www.perens.com /Articles/StandTogether.html   (1235 words)

 Data recovery freeware from Ontrack Data Recovery
Any software that is made available to download from this server ("Software") is the copyrighted work of Kroll Ontrack Inc. and/or its suppliers.
Use of the Software is governed by the terms of the end user license agreement, which is included with the Software ("License Agreement").
The Software is made available for downloading solely for use by end users according to the License Agreement.
www.ontrack.com /freesoftware   (396 words)

 Welcome!: Ithaca Free Software Association GNU Linux
The Ithaca Free Software Association (IFSA) is a community of computer users who live and work in the Ithaca area of Central New York.
Unlike "proprietary" software, which often attempts to impose various restrictions on its users, Free Software is software that guarantees its users the right to use, study, copy, modify, and share programs with very few restrictions.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a non-profit organization which serves as the worldwide headquarters of the Free Software movement.
ithacafreesoftware.org /index.php   (384 words)

 Free Software
The software listed here is commonly referred to as "Pricelessware", a term given with great respect and thanks to the authors of these programs for giving us such wonderful quality freeware programs.
Also, while free for personal use, you need to check the license agreement for details for commercial use, since this may not always be free.
Free Software, as used in this web site, refers to software distributed in source form which can be freely modified and redistributed, or freely modifiable and redistributable software.
www.shambles.net /pages/school/freesoft   (1506 words)

 :: Cutting Free - Free Software at the cutting edge
The fact that it is web-mail that runs on Free Software is enough for me. The contribution to charity, and Free Software, is a clincher.
"Free as in Freedom", by Sam Williams, is a biography of the Free Software movement founder, Richard Stallman.
The subtitle for "Free as in Freedom", "Richard Stallman’s Crusade for Free Software", is an apt description of RMS’s approach to Free Software.
cuttingfree.blogsome.com   (6810 words)

 Mark Shuttleworth » Free software
Because Microsoft is irrevocably committed to shipping new software every year, and software patents represent landmines in their roadmap which they are going to step on, like it or not, with increasing regularity.
The best-practice trademark framework for free software is still evolving, and there will probably be a suit or two, but none that could threaten the continued development of free software.
free software approach is a better device driver development model for component and peripheral manufacturers, and that once they have learned how to work with the Linux community they will quickly ensure that their devices work with Linux as soon as, or before, they work with proprietary platforms.
www.markshuttleworth.com /archives/category/free-software   (6009 words)

 Spreadsheets for Structural Engineering - Free software
Free composite and non-composite simple steel beam design to BS 5950 from the SCI.
Free software for the design of fabricated composite and non-composite steel beams (with web openings) to BS5950.
Free California Transportation Department software for bridge foundations, piles and concrete sections.
www.structural-engineering.fsnet.co.uk /free.htm   (4157 words)

 Issue 3 | Free Software Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Free software is increasingly being taken for granted and is almost treated as some kind of legal right in some quarters.
In a recent discussion on the Slashdot web site, free software users and advocates raised the question of whether the KDE project should be ported to the Microsoft Windows platform.
Free as in “free speech” or free as in “free labour”?
www.freesoftwaremagazine.com /free_issues/issue_03   (1378 words)

 The 46 Best-ever Freeware Utilities   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
There is a free and a pro version, the only difference being that the free version has a few non-critical features disabled and has no direct technical support.
It appears to be a little vulnerable to polymorphic malware in particular and for this reason I suggest it should be used in combination with regular on-demand scans from the free AVG Anti-Spyware.
Unfortunately the free version of AVG Anti-Spyware doesn’t have a memory monitor and this omission significantly reduces the level of active protection provided.
www.techsupportalert.com /best_46_free_utilities.htm   (10447 words)

 Software - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
The Directory is actively maintained by the Free Software Foundation and includes links to program home pages when they are available.
Their home pages still exist for the sake of people searching: 3dkit abcsh awacs checker dgs (display ghostscript) dld dr.genius elib free (aka gnu.free) gicqd giptables gnubios gnupedia (see wikipedia) gnuts goose grover gtkeditor hegemonie leonardo mana sweater webpublish xinfo.
Finally, here is a short list of Free Software for Microsoft Windows, for the Windows user who is curious about Free Software but isn't ready to use a Free operating system yet.
www.gnu.org /software/software.html   (478 words)

 Completely FREE Software - Windows & DOS freeware
This site was born in May 1996 from frustration – frustration that many of the so-called ‘free software’ sites were not offering freeware but shareware, time-limited, or demo software which cost money to use or are not really functional.
Even when genuinely free software was offered (usually mixed with shareware), many times there was no indication of its quality, download size, or even which of the listed programs were shareware and which were freeware.
Completely FREE Software assumes that ALL copyright issues are resolved (even when told otherwise) and that program authors have full permission to use the characters, concepts and ideas presented in their programs.
www.completelyfreesoftware.com /index_all.html   (1185 words)

 Free Software
Computer Aided Chemistry and Biotechnology Software for Silicon Graphics a list of different software that can be used for silicon graphics workstations.
NIH Computational Molecular Biology: Software Repositories provides access to computer software specifically related to the fields of Molecular Biology and sequence analysis at Computational Molecular biology, NIH (5/1/99).
RNA Folding Software is a useful site which contains links to software that is a documentation is available for the major platforms (Updated 4/7/99).
www.ahpcc.unm.edu /~aroberts/main/free.htm   (405 words)

 The Association for Free Software (AFFS)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Free software gives users the source code to programs, and the right to study, modify and redistribute it.
With free software, everyone has the freedom to cooperate with others in using and improving it.
Free Software projects: we have funding available to help you improve your contribution to free software.
www.affs.org.uk   (156 words)

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