What is free software?
This page is maintained by the Free Software Foundation's Licensing and Compliance Lab. You can support our efforts by making a donation to the FSF. Have a question not answered here? Check out some of our other licensing resources or contact the Compliance Lab at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Free Software Definition The free software definition presents the criteria for whether a particular software program qualifies as free software. “Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. We campaign for these freedoms because everyone deserves them. A program is free software if the program's users have the four essential freedoms: The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0). A program is free software if it gives users adequately all of these freedoms. In any given scenario, these freedoms must apply to whatever code we plan to make use of, or lead others to make use of. “Free software” does not mean “noncommercial”. Beyond Software Open Source?
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