Re: Comments on Voting Project

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Tue Aug 26 2003 - 17:47:03 CDT

On Sunday 17 August 2003 07:31 am, Alan Dechert wrote:
> Arthur wrote:
> > I think it is important for each of us to understand the
> > nature of intellectual property on this project, the future
> > direction we contemplate, and whether any of us intends to
> > make money off of this effort. Those of us who volunteer
> > need to know if their efforts will go to line someone else's
> > pocket.
>
> I would like to try to clarify a few things along these lines.
> I fear I may have contributed to the confusion by the use of
> the word "free" in the announcement about the project. "Free"
> voting system, in this context, was meant to mean more like
> "open" or "freely available." It did not mean "no cost."

Free Software officially means Free as in "Free Speech", not as
in "Free Beer". Much Free Software is given away free, but that
is not part of the GPL. IBM and Oracle database products are the
prime counterexamples.

-- 
Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
Computers for all of us
http://www.simputerland.com, http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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