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Re: Turning GNU into a bottom-up organization

From: DJ Delorie
Subject: Re: Turning GNU into a bottom-up organization
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:19:28 -0400

Colby Russell <> writes:

>   This software might be open source and use the open source development 
>   model, but it won't be free software 
> If that's the case, then it has to be true that the four freedoms are 
> necessary but not sufficient to say that a piece of software is free 
> software. 

He was referring to open source software, not Free Software.  The Four
Freedoms on the GNU Philosophy page are followed by this sentence:

"A program is free software if it gives users adequately all of these

Thus, by definition, the Four Freedoms are sufficient.

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