[GRASS5] Terminology: Free Software

Rich Shepard rshepard at appl-ecosys.com
Tue Oct 9 18:33:04 EDT 2001

On Tue, 9 Oct 2001, Bernhard Reiter wrote:

> thanks for your perspective. As I wrote, I am well aware of the
> implications and the different arguments.
> It is my hope to not repeat the debate in full length here.
> Still weigthing all arguments for myself I find that talking about
> Free Software might be a good idea so I recommend it.

  It ain't official, but why don't we just start using the term,
"unconstrained software"? That avoids the baggage of ambiguous "free" and
"open source". IMO, most people would have no problem intuitively
understanding what is meant by "unconstrained". OTOH, we could use the terms
"modifiable" or "freely-modifiable".



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