does a free license make software free?

chrysn chrysn at
Wed Aug 29 08:40:54 UTC 2007

> To qualify as free software, it doesn't need to be "publicly 
> available"; it *does* need to be available with the full exercise of 
> the four freedoms in the Free Software Definition to every recipient 
> of the software.
> So, the page needs to clarify whether the "actual source code" is 
> available for unrestricted use, modification, and redistribution for 
> every recipient.
core force can be downloaded gratis from their website, but only in the
form of an installer. i tried to install it using wine in order to see
if maybe the source is included in the installer (there is no link to
the source in the download area [1]), but it requires msie5+ which is
not provided by wine, so i'll try as soon as i have a virtual windows

> That's never been the case. A free license is a necessary, but not 
> always sufficient, precondition for the work to be free software.
so the conclusion is that everything is basically in accordance with the
licenses (as it is hard to violate the apache license), and core force
could be described as "freeware under a pointless free license"? (for
lacking source availability to users, it is definitely not free
software, that is obvious)

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