Rory McCann wrote:
>On 1/31/06, s105025648 <s105025648 at student.ucc.ie> wrote:
>>>>We are five 1st year BComm students from U.C.C. As part of
>>our Management Information Systems module, we have to do a
>>project evaluating the advantages/disadvantages of open
>>source software over traditional software.
>>>>>>Wasn't open souce software the way software was traditionally
>sold/distributed/written? Or this just a story for young 'uns like me
>who are younger (almost) than the GNU Project?
>>(Before I start: No all ye gang of admins and linux heads are not to all
say vi at this time :-))
The first Free Software project emacs was passed around at $150 per
tape. Now our friends in ucc may be interested to know that Free
Software has been defined thus:
Software is Free Software if it comes with permission for all recipients
to do the following four things:
* Run the program, for any purpose.
* Study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs.
* Redistribute copies.
* Improve the program, and release your improvements to the public.
Not bad really, there is no barrier to innovation using this software,
as a useful exercise in understanding the difference between what you
can and can't do I wish to suggest that you investigate a licence for a
proprietary piece of software called a "compiler" they come with some
programming languages and what you may do or not do with such software.
To sum up, it may not be free as in cost, however once in your
possession you can release the source and binarys for a reasonable
copying fee or for nothing your choice. As a result the business model
becomes one of service provision.
Lots more information here:
The Gnu project
Free Software Foundation.
The Irish Free Software Association.
The home of the Open Source Initiative (OSI)** is a non-profit corporation.
I hope this is of use to you.
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