[Fsfe-ie] Re: ethical interpretations of FS

Aidan Delaney 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  
> modified
> 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
Aidan Delaney.

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  
Internet Protocol.
  -- me
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