Free Software: "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité"

Free Software: "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité"
By Nadav Har'El - June 1, 2001

ABSTRACT Free software means a lot of different things for different people. For some people it means they can get quality software while paying next to nothing. For other people, it means the freedom to understand what the software they use does exactly, and even modify it to their specific needs. Some people view free software as a way to escape the tyranny (as they see it) of the commercial software giants. In this essay I want to lay out the benefits of free software to our society, as I see them. I take the slogan of the French Revolution, "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité", and show how each of these ideals (and not just the often-mentioned Liberty) is an important part of the free software movement.

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