hypothetical(?) GPL problem
dbFSF at pigstick.freeserve.co.uk
Wed Jun 20 19:14:19 UTC 2001
> RMS gave a lecture at the African Freesoftware Movement
meeting at Witts University recently.
> He was at pains to erase the idea that it is unprofitable to write
> We need to show the business advantages of
> 1/using an entirely free software system
> 2/writing and supporting freesoftware.
> Mixing free and proprietary software was only an opening gambit
> to allow people to use freesoftware before a complete system
> Nick Hockings
I disagree. Personally, I strongly suspect that Microsoft are right
when they say free software is commercial suicide (in the current
economy). Others say it isn't. The point is that either position
seems based on a lot of tenuous logic, at least so far, and being
dragged into that debate when we can talk far more truthfully about
the direct human benefits of free software can only dilute the public
perception of those truths. Let the Open Source people spend
their time finding statistics in their favour.
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