Live and let license

By Joe Barr, LinuxWorld.com |  Development

If a license provides all those freedoms, the FSF considers the
software covered by that license to be free software. The GPL is
not the only license which meets these criteria, there are many
others that do as well. Please note that the second and the fourth
items require access to the source code. This means that free
software must also be open source software. But the reverse is not
true, and therein lies the FUD. There are many software licenses
used with open source software which do not meet the four
requirements, and therefore software covered by them is not
considerered to be free software.

The Free Software Foundation is basically the brainchild of one man,
Richard Stallman. Stallman is known for his strong, uncompromising
ideology which views non-free software as repressive and free
software as conducive to a better, more productive society. Many
write him off as a madman, and in fact the rigidity of his beliefs
lends itself to making him an easy target for the label. But madman
or not, it is Stallman who singlehandedly has started and nurtured
the revolution which is today turning the software industry upside
down.

Stallman began the GNU (GNU

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