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ERIC Number: EJ827454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
What Librarians Still Don't Know about Free Software
Chudnov, Daniel
Computers in Libraries, v29 n2 p22-24 Feb 2009
Free software isn't about cost, and it isn't about hype, it isn't about taking business away from vendors. It's about four kinds of freedom--the freedom to use the software for any purpose, the freedom to study how the software works, the freedom to modify the software to adapt it to one's needs, and the freedom to copy and share copies of the software, with or without any changes one might make to it. These freedoms are enshrined in free software and open source licenses, which use copyright law and licensing terms to enforce them. "Use, study, modify, and copy" is a powerful summary of both what free software is and why free software works. In this article, the author discusses some of the things about free software that librarians may not know.
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Language: English
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