"Why we speak about Free Software" campaign
Georg C. F. Greve
greve at gnu.org
Fri Sep 7 00:42:00 UTC 2001
|| On 06 Sep 2001 10:49:48 +0100
|| MJ Ray <markj at cloaked.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:
>> <big><bold> Why we speak about Free Software
mr> What is this coding? It reminds me of what that nasty MS mail
mr> client does.
I don't think it has any real name, I just wanted to prepare things as
pure ASCII and found this to be the most intuitive way. Had I known
that this would look like a MS mail client, I might have avoided
it. Since I never used one of them, I wouldn't know, though.
>> In many languages, the ambiguity of the term "free" does not
>> exist. It may in others, including English, but that is easy to
>> avoid by pointing out that free refers to freedom, not price.
mr> Please don't burn me for saying this: the ambiguity *does* exist
mr> in English, so we who speak in English *must* modify our language
mr> in order to communicate our points clearly. Personally, I prefer
mr> the term "Software Freedoms" as an accurate translation of our
mr> aims into modern English... is that acceptable to FSFE?
Software freedoms are what constitutes Free Software. I don't know
whether people would understand that we are talking about a kind of
software if we made "Freedoms" the subject.
Georg C. F. Greve <greve at fsfeurope.org>
Free Software Foundation Europe (http://fsfeurope.org)
GNU Business Network (http://mailman.gnubiz.org)
Brave GNU World (http://brave-gnu-world.org)
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