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Re: [h-e-w] Re: Gnus, anyone?

From: Matt McClure
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] Re: Gnus, anyone?
Date: 18 Dec 2001 18:42:13 -0500
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On Tue Dec 18 2001, 18:27, Jason Rumney <address@hidden> wrote:

> Michael Campbell <address@hidden> writes:
> > > > I use Pegasus ( ) on MS Windows, mostly
> > > > because it's free
> > > 
> > > No it is not. It just doesn't cost any money to download the
> > > compiled program.
> > 
> > It seems that it is.
> > 
> > >From the "Ordering" page (
> An unfounded claim that something is free does not make it so.
> Although the author has offered to make the source code available to
> "a suitably-constituted development team" to port Pegasus to a
> GNU/Linux operating system, the "suitably-constituted development
> team" would have to sign an NDA, and let the original author control
> the distribution of binary versions of the program. This is not free
> by any known definition of the term.


    7a. Costing nothing; gratuitous

Just because Pegasus doesn't conform to GNU's definition of "free"
doesn't mean it isn't free "by *any* known definition of the term".
It's seems that the OP is not familiar with GNU's definition.  Rather
than bicker about semantics, you might have pointed the OP to, which would have been
helpful rather than argumentative.


    "I don't believe in rivalries.  I don't believe in curses.  Wake
     up the damn Bambino, maybe I'll drill him in the (behind)."
        -Pedro Martinez

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