FAQ for giving lectures about Free Software

Yavor Doganov yavor at doganov.org
Wed Jul 5 21:10:04 UTC 2006

Simon Morris wrote:
> Another reason why a term other than "free software" is sometimes
> needed is that the word freeware is too easily confused with Free
> Software and it has very negative connotations.

This might be true for languages as English, where free-as-in-freedom
and free-as-in-beer use the same word.  For most of the Slavic
languages this is not so, free-as-in-freedom is definitely derived
from liberty.

But I don't think at all that another term should be used.  In all
cases one should speak about Free Software, if there is a language
problem, the first sentence of the speech must clarify this.

In the GNU Project, discrimination against proprietary software is not
just a policy -- it's the principle and the purpose.  Proprietary
software is fundamentally unjust and wrong, so when we have the
opportunity to place it at a disadvantage, that is a good thing. --RMS

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