Objective of IFSO Re: [Fsfe-ie] stuff from the past week[adelaney at cs.may.ie]

fergal at esatclear.ie fergal at esatclear.ie
Fri Oct 31 11:42:55 CET 2003

Original Message:
From: Niall Douglas s_fsfeurope2 at nedprod.com
> On 29 Oct 2003 at 11:41, Georg C. F. Greve wrote:

> > So my suggestion would be to go with "Free Software" or -- if you feel
> > more attached to that one -- "Libre Software."

> Being very pedantic here, but that should be "software libre" as 
> continental languages reverse the noun and adjective. GNU gets this 
> one right.

Being even more pedantic, if we're just borrowing the adjective "libre"
then it should go before the noun as this is English. Of course maybe we're
borrowing the entire phrase.

> Ideally I'd like a term reflecting that the /use/ of software must be 
> as free as possible whilst maintaining a viable & sustainable revenue 
> model. How about we maintain the 1500 year tradition of Ireland 
> improving on the status quo by being a little bit better and use 
> "fair use" software? This term I believe most accurately describes 
> what we all agree upon.

I personally agree with Free Software in the FSF meaning of the words. I
find it hard to see exactly how anyone will get stinking rich with it - a
pity, that's what I was hoping to do one day - but I think it's a great

You haven't actually explained what exactly "fair use software" means and I
doubt it describes what we all agree on. In fact I doubt there is a
definition that we all agree on, there are overlapping areas but I imagine
your fair use software would not be acceptable to FSF purists - anything
which allows you to make more money, must restrict other people's freedom
in some way that the GPL doesn't,


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