Re: [linux-audio-dev] Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Where do *you* stand?

From: Christoph Eckert <ce@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Tue Feb 21 2006 - 02:05:23 EET

> Without the ability to adapt the software to different devices or
> applications, or fix errors (or pay someone to do that), the software
> is crippled in its usefulness.

True; buy a licence which includes sources and the right to change it.
That's it.

> When buying electronic appliances, at one time you could rely on the
> schematics being in the inside.  That meant you could make full use
> of the appliance, adapt it to different problems (using a radio as a
> guitar amplifier), repair it and keep it in working order, and you
> could take it to service men of your choice to have it adapted or
> fixed.

But you have to pay an extra fee to get the circuit plans. So if you
want to get the source of proprietary software, you have to pay for it,
too. At least theoretically.

Best regards

Received on Sun Feb 26 20:17:33 2006

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