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Re: Re: UO-2 Telemetry Decoder Software



On Wed, Jan 03, 2001 at 04:24:19PM -0500, Howie DeFelice wrote:
> Actually, an equivalent of MS Office called Star Office IS available for
> free download for LINUX. It will read and write files in MS Office format as
> well, but that is beside the point. Open source does not automatically mean
> free. As someone else pointed out, providing a radio with a complete
> schematic, parts list and theory of operation (ahhh, remember when!) does
> not make the radio free, 

Ahh. "Free software" refers to free as in free speech, not free as in
free beer. Often, the software is free (as in beer), but that is not
always the case.

Open source/Free software requires that anyone who can get the compiled
version of a program (for money or free or whatever) can get the source
code and modify it. It doesn't necessarily allow you to get the source 
if you don't have the compiled version.


Hamish
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