Originally published at: https://nextcloud.com/blog/valentines-day-we-love-free-software/
It is that time of the year again, a day to profess love. And we’d like to join in. As community, we’re collaborating and producing privacy protecting software under a set of licenses which lets us work together in a transparent, open and efficient way! This was a central reason for why we started Nextcloud, and why it was possible in the first place. These licenses set forth rules, defining four essential freedoms for our users and fellow contributors:
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
Standing on huge shouldersNextcloud builds on dozens of other Free Software projects, from Qt for our desktop client to Sabre/DAV for WebDAV, ZendFramework and many others. Building a great application like Nextcloud without standing on the shoulders of such giants is wholly impossible, which makes us a great example of what makes Free Software work so well for both home users and of course enterprises!
So, to all contributors to the Free Software community:
You make Nextcloud possible!