Joseph S D Yao jsdy at
Thu Jan 8 04:57:51 UTC 2004

On Wed, Jan 07, 2004 at 01:48:14PM -0800, /dev/rob0 wrote:
> You're making a very good point here, don't misunderstand me. But to
> argue terminology, I prefer "free software". No word games involved.

Actually, there is another subtle distinction here, that between free
speech and free beer.  Conforming software must be free in the former
sense, but need not be so in the latter sense.

> Still, ordinary users are not likely to suffer much under DJB's non-free
> licensing, or at least not perceptibly so. They do possibly suffer from
> the stagnation and the stifling effects on those who might improve the
> software, or perhaps even implement some unimplemented standards. We'll
> probably never see things like DHCP DDNS in djbdns.

There are extensions, I understand, but they may not be distributed
with the original, "pure" software.  Instead, anyone wanting to use the
extensions must get a second, patch pack, and apply it.  God help you
should you want to get two different extensions, though.

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