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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU


From: al3xu5 / dotcommon
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU
Date: Mon, 7 May 2012 21:44:21 +0200

Il giorno lunedì 07/05/2012 11:35:08 CEST
"Jason Self" <address@hidden> ha scritto:

> Most people use derivatives instead, with the Ubuntu
> GNU/Linux distribution you mention being an example of a popular one that
> also bundles proprietary software.
> 
> The goal of simply getting people to use free software (aka "popularity") is
> not enough, in my opinion. The goal should be to instead teach people about
> why freedom matters so that they will refuse proprietary software and not run
> it anymore. The big question is how do you change people's *values* and get
> them to value freedom? Anything that doesn't do that means that they'll just
> switch to the next neat thing when that comes along later.

I agree with Jason.

Freedom is *not* a matter of quantity/"popularity" (just to follw the same
example: Ubuntu is very "popular", but it spreads proprietary software,
closed/patented/DRM'd formats and SaaS services...).

Freedom is *not* related with "brand", "marketing" and "image" (please, leave
this terminology, and these bad ways, to corporations that are interested
just only in making money and, be sure, not to our freedom and privacy...).

Instead, in my opinion, if we want freedom we should act to expand the free
software philosophy, also beyond the boundaries of free software and free
licenses, to all aspects (technical and not) related to intangible goods in
general, and digital technologies in particular... and we should act to
increase the knowledge and the awareness of people, so they could regain power
over themselves and their lives, even by mean of the free software...

Regards
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