Debian is free in this sense: You are free to
modify and redistribute it and will always have access to the source code
for this purpose. The Debian Free Software Guidelines describe in more
detail exactly what is meant by ``free.'' The Free Software Foundation,
originator of the GNU Project, is another excellent source of information.
You can find a more detailed discussion of free software on the Debian web
site. One of the most well-known works in this field is Richard M.
Stallman's essay, Why Software Should Be Free; take a look at it for some
insight into why we support Free Software as we do. Recently, some people
have started calling Free Software ``Open Source Software''; the two terms
You may wonder why would people spend hours of their own time writing
software and carefully packaging it, only to give it all away. The answers
are as varied as the people who contribute.
Many believe in sharing information and having the freedom to c