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Free software movement

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'''Free software''' is software that is made available under a licence that gives grants the user greater ability than is typical specific rights that are not typically granted for proprietory proprietary software.The Free Software Foundation lists four freedoms needed to meet its definition of free software:<ref>http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html</ref> * The freedom to run the program for any purpose* The freedom to study how the software works and modify it to meet your needs* The freedom to distribute copies of the software* The freedom to publish modifications to the software
In order to fulfil these requirements access to the [[source code]] is essential, so free software is a type of [[open source]] software. The right to distribute the software may be subject to a clause that ensures that future recipients of the software have the same freedoms.
Examples of free software are the [[Linux|GNU/Linux]] operating system and the [[Apache (software)|Apache]] web server. Free Software is not the same as [[freeware]]. Free software may be sold for a fee, and freeware may not grant the user the freedoms necessary to qualify as free software. In order to avoid confusion between the two meanings of ''free'' some people describe free software as "free (libre) software". ==References==<references/>
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