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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Richard Stallman writes, there are thousands of non-free programs, and most merit no special attention other than developing a free replacement. BitKeeper became infamous and dangerous was its marketing approach: inviting high-profile free software projects to use it, so as to attract other paying users. Larry McVoy made the program available gratis to free software developers. This did not mean it was free software for them: they were privileged not to part with their money, but they still had to part with their freedom. They gave up the fundamental freedoms that define free software: freedom to run the program as you wish for any purpose, freedom to study and change the source code as you wish, freedom to make and redistribute copies, and freedom to publish modified versions.
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