Subject: Re: So what is an FSB anyway?
From: "Russell Nelson" <>
Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1993 22:46:48 EST

On Wed, 03 Feb 93 15:34:47 -0800, gnu@CYGNUS.COM wrote:

> The announcement *did* say this wasn't going to be gnu.misc.discuss...
> so let's focus a bit.

Yes, thanks, let's.

> A free software business is one that allows its customers the same 
> privileges that it, itself, has with respect to the software.
> This includes public domain software, "donation requested" shareware,
> "UC Berkeley copyright" software, GPL, LGPL, and many more variants.

Further, I think that two features are essential for a free software
business; the code must be freely copyable, and source must be
available.  With BSDI, source is available but it's not freely
copyable.  With much MS-DOS freeware, it's freely copyable but source
is not available.  Without both those features being present, the
customer does not have the same privileges as the business.

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