Libertine software

Monday, 11 Oct 2004

La Monte H.P. Yarroll:

One comment which caught my attention:

> From: Colin Plumb (
> Subject: Re: "Free" (was Re: Cracking a Game ?)
> Newsgroups: gnu.misc.discuss
> Date: 1992-06-30 05:51:32 PST
> […]
> It’s an english-language curse.  In French, for example, the difference
> between "libre" and "gratuit" is clear.  English has the noun "liberty",
> but no corresponding adjective.
> […]

In fact, English DOES have an adjective: libertine.  The term dies on
connotations, but I like the idea of working on "libertine software" 

I shall call myself a “libertine software hacker” henceforth.