The Case for Freeware and Open Source Windows Tools
Subject:   F in FOSS stands for Free (as in freedom) not Freeware
Date:   2007-01-19 18:33:11
From:   jyap

The term "freeware" has no clear accepted definition, but it is commonly used for packages which permit redistribution but not modification (and their source code is not available). These packages are not free software, so please don't use "freeware" to refer to free software.

Free software:

Free software is software that comes with permission for anyone to use, copy, and distribute, either verbatim or with modifications, either gratis or for a fee. In particular, this means that source code must be available.

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