Free Software

Free Software refers to a software that gives its users freedom to run, modify and distribute the software.

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Software gives more freedom to its users.
Making a software free can help to increase its popularity and user base. Potential abuse of the freedoms granted by a free software may damage its popularity and user base.
Users have freedom in modifying and distributing the software.
Free software provides more freedom to modify and distribute the software. Due to potential modifications of the software, a direct support may not be possible by the original developers.
The source code of the software is available to the users.
Free software eases inspection by the user/developer community easing the identification of any potential issues. The issues uncovered by the user/developer community may be known more widely and publicly, potentially making the software more susceptible.

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