Free Software

自由軟體

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“Free software” does not mean “noncommercial.” A free program must be available for commercial use, commercial development, and commercial distribution. Commercial development of free software is no longer unusual; such free commercial software is very important. You may have paid money to get copies of free software, or you may have obtained copies at no charge. But regardless of how you got your copies, you always have the freedom to copy and change the software, even to sell copies.

自由軟體因此並不是「非商業軟體」。自由軟體必須適用於商業用途。自由軟體的商業開發模式已很常見;這樣的自由商業軟體相當重要。

— The Free Software Definition, Free Software Foundation, Inc.

2010.03.02 Tuesday ACHK