Saw this in TM2’s mailing list early this morning.

Since TM 2 is Open Sourced, so why we (unregistered non-commercial users) need to pay for the license keys?

I do not remember paying for the license keys for any Open Sourced program in the last decade.

It seems to me that the Open Source tag is a ploy to ‘attract’ developers, however, keeping the revenue to the owner himself.

This guy has a wrong fundamental understanding about the word free. And as Allan has already pointed him at GNU philosophy but he seems to ignore and continue trolling everyone in the mailing list. And the best part is, he’s not just some undergrad. This guy is doing his PhD thesis using TM2!!

I can’t help myself but feel the need to quote this from GNU’s philosophy here again.

The word “free” has two legitimate general meanings; it can refer either to freedom or to price. When we speak of “free software”, we’re talking about freedom, not price. (Think of “free speech”, not “free beer”.) Specifically, it means that a user is free to run the program, change the program, and redistribute the program with or without changes.