Free Software

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 >What is a Free Software?

       “Free software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price.

        With these freedoms, the users (both individually and collectively) control the program and what it does for them. When users don’t control the program, we call it a “non free” or “proprietary” program. The non free program controls the users, and the developer controls the program; this makes the program an instrument of unjust power.

A program is free software if the program’s users have the four essential freedoms:

  • 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 neighbour (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.

 

>Should all softwares be free?

 For my own opinion, it is a case-to-case basis when a software should be free.

Why? Because when making a program, it’s up to you if you make your program a free software. It also based on the use of that software to become it a free. But for my own, all softwares shouldn’t be free. 🙂 

 

>Examples of Free Softwares

Linux Operating System

LibreOffice 

Python 

C/C++

Did you that? 

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Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Movement (2009)

 

source: https://www.gnu.org/software/software.html 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software 

=> Judems G. Daub BSIT-III / IT Electives 314

 

 

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