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Re: Should the FSF back monopolisation by M$?

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Should the FSF back monopolisation by M$?
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 17:34:08 +0200
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Tarquin Mills <> writes:

> In message <85r73ol4zk.fsf@lola.goethe.zz>
>           David Kastrup <> wrote:
>> Tarquin Mills <> writes:
>> > Should the FSF back complete monopolisation by Microsoft, or should
>> > it be against, as it aims to produce an operating system written in
>> > 100% free software code?
>> It does neither mean that I back all my neighbors or am against all of
>> them if I happen not to try bedding them.
>> Microsoft is by and large irrelevant to free software as long as
>> they don't indulge in business practices that harm free software,
>> like pressuring vendors into producing hardware that is incapable
>> of running it.
> We are all part of the world and connected to each other, the Linux
> magazines cannot exist without readers and adverts, the same is true
> of other Linux companies including distros.

So what?  Free software existed before Linux, and certainly before
"the Linux magazines" and their "readers and adverts".  The majority
of free software _developers_ whose work gets collected in "distros"
is not employed by Linux companies.  And Linux companies don't compete
in that segment of the market that Microsoft is monopolizing, anyway.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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