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Re: Why Would Fedora be Free ? Can it be Trusted?

Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:

On Wed, 2004-05-12 at 08:23 -0400, Chalonec Roger wrote:

1. Why is fedora free and why would people work on it for free?

In general you used to have the following freedoms with software:

  0) run the program for any purpose
  1) study the program and adapt it as needed
  2) distribute copies
  3) publish modified versions


2. Some people are concerned that since Fedora is open source that they
don't know where the software comes from so they can't trust it. How
can they trust it?

And they should trust a proprietory vendor? ;-)
Microcoft has lost several lawsuits because of *lifting* other peoples work. IIRC, one in particular was Drivespace (used in dos 5/6, and Win 95/98) which was lifted from DoubleSpace.

Well, they don't know where any software comes from unless they study
the source code, do they?

They can give a certain amount of trust to the guys that are selling
them copies, but not to the software per se, can they?

With Free Software... look and behold... you have the freedom to study
the code and adapt it to your needs.

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