There’s this comparative distinction that open-source proponents like to make, when describing free software:
“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.”
It means, basically,Â that when folks who care about such things speak of “free software,” they’re talking about what you can do with the software, not whether you have to pay for it.Â And when folks who care about such things have to illustrate this distinction, very often they use the free speech/free beer metaphor.
It was probably inevitable, then, that someone would publish an open-source beer recipe and call it Free Beer,Â creating beer that’s free as in speech, not free as in beer.Â Magnificent.
(via Boing Boing)