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Subject: Re: [OT] Good MP3 organization tool?
From: Chris Holt (amiga2k_at_cox.net)
Date: 2004-02-29


On Sun, 29 Feb 2004 08:03:07 -0500, David Litchman wrote:
> At 11:06 PM 2/28/2004 +0100, you wrote:
>
>> Eric Linenberg <elinenbe_at_umich.edu> writes:
>>
>>
>>> plus both of these are free!
>>>
>>
>> Gratis, not free.
> The difference being...?

Gratis is latin and it sounds much cooler. ;)

Seriously, it's a distinction made by Open Source proponents. By
definition, to be free, the software must not only come at no charge, but
the source code must be available to be (freely) modified by the user.

Gratis typically applies to software that is available at no charge but
may have closed source or other restrictions on it's use.

Perhaps us non-programmer types can use the term "freeware" which might
not offend the sensibilities of the proponents of OS? It's a bit more
general of a term, and those of us who did not want to tinker with the
guts anyway, and are agreeable with the software license might not get
beaten down for using the dictionary definition of the word "free".

Chris

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