Originally Posted by LunkHead
I will refrain from nasty comments about Mandriva...........
Linux is suppose to be open source and free.... I'd never recommend a distro that charges a single cent, so they are off my list..........
Open source is free, but not always in price. Here is the definition quoted from the GNU Project: The Free Software Definition - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
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. |
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:
* The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
* The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
* The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
* The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.