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Re: Is it a goal of the "Free" software movement to destroy easy source

From: mike3
Subject: Re: Is it a goal of the "Free" software movement to destroy easy sources of income?
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 17:18:11 -0800 (PST)
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On Jan 17, 2:37 am, Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <> wrote:
> Both. Firstly he doesn't speak for the FSF or Stallman, secondly,
> Stallman has been found to say "charge as much as you can for Free
> Software services" (this is not a direct quote, but the meaning is
> there).
> What Stallman advocates is to do business whilst respecting your
> customers by not restricting their freedom.


> There some extremist views of capitalism which defend that you should
> extort as much money as you can, by any means deemed necessary, from
> your clients. This includes restrincting user's freedom, false
> advertisement, FUD, etc...

So then it's not to destroy business, period, but to destroy
*immoral* business. That makes a lot more sense, actually.

> Stallman recommends you not to do dis but instead respect your
> customers: give them their full rights. Attract your customers with
> honey, rather than binding them in chains.
> This seems to me like a very sound and honest business method, and
> nothing at all like something against business.

It sure does.

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