On Sat, Feb 24, 2001 at 12:51:11AM +0000, Paul J Collins mentioned:
> JC> FUD.
> No, it is not FUD. Do you even know what FUD is? It is fact, perhaps
> harshly stated.
No, FUD can be lies also. Exaggerations, hype and vapourware.
> I consider all proprietary software a restriction on my freedom. Can
> you show me a proprietary software company that is not out to make
Making money does not reduce your freedom. You are only denied freedom
when you are locked into using it. Yes, there is the detrimental network
effect that the bonus you get from software is less when you have a
smaller community - but that's due to the non-members of that community,
as opposed to the focal point of the non-members.
> Well, so what? The less proprietary software that's dumped on users
> of free operating systems, the happier I am.
A lot of people make money from said proprietary software. They aren't
going to give that up, just to make you happy any time soon.
When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain or command:
to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
-- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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