– ## Why I agree with RMS on convenience vs. freedom: --
* RMS: «We cater to them (people who don't care about software freedom) to the extent it doesn't interfere with more important goals, such as establishing a free society.»
* RMS: «Our goal is not "helping users" (i.e., giving them whatever they happen to want). Our goal is establishing freedom for computer users.»
* RMS: «I am sure it IS effective for convincing people to use GNU/Linux when that is more convenient. I want to convince people to insist on freedom even when it is inconvenient.»

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Created by can.axis 11 years 9 weeks ago – Made popular 11 years 9 weeks ago
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11 years 9 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago

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11 years 9 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago


Wrong link - right article

You might have inadvertently linked to a story you didn't intend to post, can axis, but you surely came up with a thought provoking article with your mistake.

How could he ever get things so wrong?

He's attempting to apply, essentially, M$-type values to the Free Software Community.

He assumes we are in complete competition with the proprietary software corporations and have to exceed their best efforts in every area. All for FREE.

He assumes we have to make each application to such a sophisticated technical standard, while remaining so simple to use, that even the most technically-illiterate M$ user will flock to the Free Software Community and abandon Windows.

We write free programs for the use of our own community.

Anyone in the world is free to join us and share the benefits of our free work.

They are also free to contribute to our community effort at whatever level they are capable, if they so desire.

This author obviously gave no thought to learning a programming language and improving the deficiencies he perceives in our video applications. For free.

No, he wants someone else to fix everything for him - for free - then hold his hand out and receive it - all for free.

I have to repeat Stallman's words to these whiners - "Get another job", if you aren't happy - or else, go running home to Big Brother Ballmer.

You'll need plenty of cash in your hand and you'll still get the same buggy, half developed product that M$ always charges the earth for, but you'll find peace, knowing that Ballmer is watching over you, for every second of your day.

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11 years 9 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago


It is not that we should do

It is not that we should do these things, it is just that we're DOING it. We will beat them on quality in the LONG RUN especially as we get more people writing free software. Free software is prepreturally reaching the state of perfect competition, which allow us to progress even faster.

Using free software even if it is inconvenient HELP US make better free software even faster. When one use free software, one have a chance of either recommending the software to another, sharing it, or modifying it. This increase the pool of available programmers, contributors, and cash. This make it even EASIER to move to free software.

Using ONLY free software is not just idealistic, it is LONG-TERM pragmatism.

It is not the "magic" of open source development. It is the magic of free software because they enable more efficient mean of software development such as "open source". Of course, one would still develop free software the traditional, inefficient way.
*Copyright creates monopolies. Copyleft promote the free market.

*"Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely"-- http://againstmonopoly.org

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