What is free software?

Movement initiated in 1983 and developed in parallel with information technologies, that advocates the use of programs with opening licensing terms that enable users to modify source code to program applications based on their needs and redistribute them freely.

Its defenders, through the Free Software Foundation, defend the rights of users to help each other mutually and have control over their computers, and present themselves as a moral alternative to unlimited commercial software exploitation. In particular, the basic disagreement between the Free software movement and supporters of open-source software resides in the fact that the later do not necessarily condemn the use of proprietary software.

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Free software

 
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