Nick Hilliard said
> it is not realistic for one side to say that the other side sucks just
> because in an ideal world, we'd be using one or the other.
I gathered that RMS feels that proprietary software (specifically, the idea
that the software is not readily available to him to modify and distribute)
is materially harmful. That means his philosophy is that one side definitely
> Both are useful,
This has never been disputed!!
> and the best way to foster both is not by philosophical
> protectionism on
> behalf of either of them but by choosing the best solution to fit your
From last night, it seems RMS feels that proprietary software does not
deserve fostering, because the fact that it exists gets in the way of
> This has the side-effect of encouraging the other
> side to produce a
> better product in competition.
Again, from RMS's perspective, the concept of "sides" is kinda irrelevant...
it's whether you respect freedom or not. He seems to say that by supporting
(i.e. using, buying, recommending) non-free software, you are encouraging
the removal of freedom from software users everywhere.
See? I took notes :-)
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