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GNU Free Software Definition
The Free Software Definition


"Free software" is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of "free" as in "free speech", not as in "free beer".

Actually... Free as in beer.
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How can beer be open source?

The recipe and the whole brand of Our Beer is published under a Creative Commons license, which basically means that anyone can use our recipe to brew the beer or to create a derivative of our recipe. You are free to earn money from Our Beer, but you have to publish the recipe under the same license (e.g. on your website or on our forum) and credit our work. You can use all our design and branding elements, and are free to change them at will provided you publish your changes under the same license ("Attribution & Share Alike").

via karlDrunkCow


FREE as in Free .NET domain names from ICANN ?
Sure. Uh Huh. Riiiiight

What does the ICANN tax on .NET names pay for ?
Your travel ? and parties ? and fun and games ?

Didn't Cory have something like that going? OpenCola? :)

On the subject of beer, Poul-Henning Kamp of the FreeBSD project, came up with the "Beerware license" : (bottom of the page)

Which is probably as close to "free" beer, that you'll come ;)


I never understood the phrase "free as in beer."

Where is Stallman seeing all this free beer? He implies with this that it's something everyone should know about. Like beer is free all the time...

How about "free as in welfare" or "free as in water"?

Maybe the german Reinheitsgebot (literally "purity requirement") from 1516 - a regulation that the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley, and hops - is the oldest open source in the world. With a slight modification in 1993 due to the european market deregulations it is still valid ...