Just because software is free doesnt mean its free software.This may confuse those who only know the Windows world, where the software animal known as freeware is readily available but truly free software is a bit more scarce. They may be excused for thinking, when we Linux users talk about free software, that they use free software too.
The “free” in Free Software refers to “freedom”, rather than cost. It is largely a happy coincidence that Free Software is available gratis. Copyleft licensing certainly helps, but there’s no overarching reason that Free-as-in-Freedom software need not cost anything.
Did you know about Free Software Foundation before. If not, here is a brief intro about that.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit corporation with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. This organisation is founded by Richard Stallmam in 1985.
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The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the GNU Project today announced the opening of nominations for the 13th annual Free Software Awards. Award for the Advancement of Free Software is presented to an individual who has made a great contribution to the progress and development of free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free software.