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From Nico Kadel-Garcia <>
Subject Re: Tortoise SVN (GPL) & Apache Ant 1.8.x freeware software
Date Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:30:06 GMT
On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:37 AM, Ryan Schmidt
<> wrote:
> On Nov 13, 2014, at 10:49 PM, TCO IT Software Mgmt Team wrote:
>> Our company users would like to use Tortoise SVN (GPL) & Apache Ant 1.8.x freeware
software for work related issues.
>> Do you have any restrictions to use  Tortoise SVN (GPL) & Apache Ant 1.8.x on
corporate computers.
>> Could you please advise if you have to buy your products?
> This mailing list is for Subversion, not Tortoise SVN nor Apache Ant. However, I think
you'll find that Subversion, Tortoise SVN and Apache Ant are released under free software
licenses and are thus free and not for sale. Please do review each program's license carefully
to understand what's permitted. Third parties may offer paid support for these products, if
that's something you need.

You might also want to be careful about the words "free software",
"open source software", and the way some folks mix them up and confuse
them as being "freeware". "Freeware" generally refers to price. "Free
software" generally refers to the "fee as in speech" nature of
licenses like the GPL. "Open source" software refers to software which
has its source code available, and is open for development, but whose
licenses may allow expansion which is *not* itself open source.

It can get a bit tricky to keep track. I urge you, or your company's
attorney, to review the licenses and make sure you understand the
implications. It's well worth doing because a great deal of modern
software has these kinds of free software or open source licenses, and
it will help avoid confusion about any patches you make or support you
might expect.

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