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+ - Free Software: Freedom for Users, Not for Software->

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jrepin writes "Many people who hear the term “free software” think the word “free” refers to the fact that the software was distributed at no cost, while it actually refers to freedom. Conversations around libre and gratis in the free software and open source communities overshadowed a second, and much less discussed, level of linguistic ambiguity in the term “free software”: the term led to the four freedoms being interpreted as statements about qualities that software itself should have. When the free software movement’s core rhetoric focuses attention on the qualities of software, some participants come to view the freedom of users as a second-order concern – it is simply what happens when software is free."
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