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On 07/08/2011 12:50 AM, Rainer Bielefeld wrote:
Italo Vignoli schrieb:

Freeware is usually proprietary but free of charge, and belongs to the
same category of shareware (in relations with the software license, as
it usually adopts an EULA similar to MS Office or IBM Symphony).

So it is, and that's nothing we can accept on the repository.



I am new here and having a difficult time following this discussion. I'd like to. I think it's important.

What I am reading in this thread is that "freeware" being referred to as software which is released as "GNU GPL compatible" software[1] or, what I know as F/OSS (free/open source software). Is this correct?

The reason I ask is that the term "freeware" in the US English vernacular refers to software which may legally be used for no (or optional) fees. In other words, we use "freeware" to describe no-charge, commercial (closed source) software and F/OSS into one, big salad[2]. Unfortunate but, there you have it.

thanks, in advance,


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