[Fsfe-ie] Re: ethical interpretations of FS
adelaney at cs.may.ie
Thu Feb 5 12:50:40 CET 2004
I believe I'm starting to believe Ian.
> Because then the user would not be dependent on the author of X for
> all fixes and improvements.
This is where free market comes in. Users have a coice wheather to use
services that rely on Free Software or on propritery software. I and
the FSF say that all software should be Free, but we cannot _force_
people to make their software free.
> This reason cannot be applied to passwords.
> The important part is not software being freely available, it's the
> user being free from restrictions once they have the software.
Again this a market choice thing. Go with MS on your desktop or GNU/
Linux. One can shop for services in the same way.
> The Free in FSF is about far more than freely available. In fact the
> FSF say
> freely available source is no good on it's own. The Freedom they are
> concerned with is the Freedom to modify, use and redistribute
> versions without any control from the original author.
Agreed. We must also have the freedom to choose non-Free software :)
I personally belive that I should have the freedom to use only Free
software, I don't think that I have the freedom to curtail someone
else's use of non-Free software. Except where they use Free software
owned by me and make it non-Free.
I don't have time to read the rest of your email. I'll reply on Monday
If you believe in the health of the software economy, this has been
based on IP.
-- Jean Philippe Courtois, head of Microsoft's European operations
The health of the software economy has been based on the open standard
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