[nycbug-talk] OSS now FREE for home/personal use
tux at penguinnetwerx.net
Sat Aug 20 21:40:07 EDT 2005
Marc Spitzer wrote:
> On 8/20/05, Kevin Reiter <tux at penguinnetwerx.net> wrote:
>>Not sure if anyone's been keeping up with this or not, but in order to get
>>some newer soundcards working (like my Audigy II) on FreeBSD or
>>DragonFlyBSD, this is one of the best ways to go. As of yesterday, it's
>>now FREE. w00t!
> it said it requires you to download the software every 4 months and I
> did not see a licence posted. It did say you can use it for personel
> use for no charge. I do not think that this is free for a BSD group.
> Personelly I do not think GPL is free, but that is another rant.
The EULA is at the end of this post for those interested.
As far as being "free for a BSD group", I was merely letting people know
that there is now a "no cost" oss sound driver available for *BSD. Much
the same as when people make suggestions on software for a particular
purpose. It wasn't meant to indicate that everybody on this list can join
together en masse to get in on a deal on a particular piece of software -
hey, if you need it, it's now free for personal use. If I have to check
every 4 months for an update, so be it. It wouldn't be any different
than, say, running cvsup on the ports collection every week, or checking
for patches, or stuff like that...
Personally, if I don't have to whip out my credit card or reach into my
pocket for cash in order to get software I'm looking for, it can't be all
that bad, regardless of the license (and who is going to knock on my door
if I forget to check for new versions every x interval?).
Bottom line: Sound on my workstations/laptop so I can get rid of M$ and
replace it with FreeBSD. For me, it's worth it.
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