Free software (Was: 2 GB files)

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Tue Aug 24 08:11:46 CEST 2004


Elbert Lev wrote:
> Java and .NET are also free. 
> 
> Java run-time and development are free. 
> .NET run-time is free.

While this is OT for the original thread, I can't really let this stand.
It is true that Java and .NET are free of charge (although only for some
uses), they are, unlike Python, not free software. You don't get the
source code for them, and you are not allowed to modify it, and to
redistribute it.  See

http://www.fsf.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

Regards,
Martin



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