Joined: April 2005
||Posted: July 11 2006,12:21
1.1 no problems with redistributing to local friends without mods, etc.
1.2 If Im going to use DSL as a method of demonstarting other open source freeware apps, then I should promote dsl as a thanks. Great idea, thanks. (All of the big apps on my CD will be win copies. The dsl part allows me to introduce linux (and dsl) to an audiance that will likely never see or use it.)
2 Open source and freeware
2.1 I understand the concepts from reading and research.
(you know, free as in freedom not free beer, etc)
2.2 I am trying to predict how I can explain this to simple win users who are not developers. I seems that the vast majority of what the licenses do it protect the authors from other authors, be they corporate or individual. On the simple end user level it appears much simpler.
2.2.1 Only the user can determine the software's usefulness for their purpose. If it Breaks, you get to keep both pieces.
2.2.2 If you give it to others, make sure its in its original form and includes the license.
2.3 if there are other considerations for the private end user, for a true gpl software, I would like to hear about it.
2.4 The requirements for the developers etc, is interesting but beyond what Ill need to explain to others I will be helping. (It also seems to get complex and emotional)
3 My motivation came from helping xp sufferers with basic use of their system. Three months after they bought their system, up came a notice that they had to buy a license for word. I want to be able to give them a copy of abiword and contacts for help. It seems that very little on an "off the shelf" pc these days is not a trick or trap to the novice user.
Im sure this has been covered a great deal, AND I know that this group are not the ones they are able to fool.
Anyway thanks for the info. I consider this group the experts on most of this. Ill stop talking and keep reading for help I need on how to distill it for my grandparents, neighbors, etc.