FSF Europe initiative: "We speak about Free Software"

Brian Gough bjg at zerowork.co.uk
Tue Nov 20 11:20:33 UTC 2001

Free Software Foundation Europe writes:
 > The terminology "Open Source" refers to having access to the source
 > code. But access to the source code is only a precondition for two of
 > the four freedoms that define Free Software. Many people do not
 > understand that access to the source code alone is not enough.

As an example: the finance library R-Quant, which describes itself as
"open-source" but has a restrictive non-commercial license,

     R-Quant is an open source project. Thus the software or other
   derivative materials can be downloaded and used for free for any
   non-commercial purpose:
     * Download and use binary and source distributions for free to test
       or evaluate the software.
     * Download and use binary and source distributions for free in
       non-commercial research, teaching or other academic activities.
     * This software as well as its documentation or other related
       materials can not be used in any commercial application without
       written permission or official license granted by the author.


Brian Gough

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