[Klug-general] The meaning of free, was Re: yalh - Yet Another Linux History
klug at quixotic.org.uk
Thu Jun 2 14:00:20 UTC 2011
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On Thu, Jun 02, 2011 at 02:42:09PM +0100, Frederick Dalladay wrote:
> Reading through The Early Days of Linux is an interesting article... I
> have to admit I did giggle somewhat at this bit:
> "I heard about the Free University Compiler Kit, also known as VUCK.
> (The Dutch word for ‘free’ is written with a V.)…"
> Good to see the clarification of using 'V' instead of 'F' :P
The VU, or Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is actually a good example of the
meaning of free in free software. It was formed originally to be free
from the government and church influence.
Amsterdam is not the only place to have a free University in that sence.
Brussels has the "Université Libre de Bruxelles" for french speaking
students, and the "Vrije Universiteit Brussel" for dutch speaking. Useless
trivia, the ULB is the host of FOSDEM.
Sorry, I was an expat in .nl...
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