My only complaint about Python

Jeff Shannon jeff at
Fri Aug 20 21:47:05 CEST 2004

510046470588-0001 at wrote:

>flab ba <flab at> writes:
>>with the free Visual C++ Toolkit. Instructions are here:
>all humbug. Visual C++ is nowhere near free, it's all proprietary.

That's free-as-in-beer, not Free-as-in-speech. 

It's a shame that, at least in English, the most natural word to use for 
each of these two different concepts just happens to be the same word.  
But such is the case.  (I don't think it's practical to try to convince 
everyone, worldwide, to refer to it as 'gratis' and 'liberte'...)  And 
given that it *is* the case, it would be much more pleasant if people 
could use the word for both of its meanings without being criticized by 
people who are philosophically devoted to only one of those meanings. 

Jeff Shannon
Credit International

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