Paul J Collins said the following on Sun, Feb 25, 2001 at 03:35:36PM +0000,
> JC> Not the type of example I had in mind exactly (I was thinking
> JC> more of a business setting where software may be required for
> JC> carrying out one's work),
>> But you have no examples.
I've given you an example of a product that doesn't have a free alternative
of the same quality. Imagine a similar situation with some business critical
> You are not free to give your friends copies. You are not free to
> read the source code and learn from it. You are not free to fix bugs
> that affect you. You are not free to change the game engine to take
> advantage of the latest hacked-up set of instructions that Intel has
> added to their CPUs. The list goes on and on.
Why should I have this "freedom" ?
Don't get me wrong, I like to have a full source tree for my system in case
I need to figure out a problem that the manual can't help me with, or to learn
from how things are done, or if I need to clarify the internal workings of a
library etc. but I feel that it's a privilege, not my birthright.
> This isn't about *my* freedom, it's about everyone's freedom.
I've gotten used to the chains.
Jerry Connolly Computer Incident Response Team
jerry.connolly at eircom.net Eircom Multimedia
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