What is free Software?

I strongly believe in the philosophy of open source and free¬†software. Most of the projects and code I publish on this site and my GitHub are released under the GNU GPL v3 or later license. What is this GNU GPL you say? Well, it’s a type of software license you must abide by. If you’ve ever downloaded a program that asks you to accept something, it’s likely the license agreement. The GNU GPL is great, it lets anyone do anything they want with the software, as long as they pass along the same freedoms.

 

GNU GPL v3 Logo

The GNU GPL v3 logo

 

Free software generally has no price attached to it. This means you can download and use the software at no direct monetary cost. However, the greatest benefit is having the ability to modify the code and make changes. This allows you to improve the software and release an even better version for other people to use. This may include adding new features, or fixing problems like bugs and security flaws.

That was a quick overview of what “free” software is and why I love it so much. For more information and some great reading I suggest checking out the GNU project’s website by clicking the link: www.gnu.org

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