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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU

From: Dave Crossland
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] New GNU
Date: Thu, 10 May 2012 22:23:04 -0700

On 10 May 2012 11:59, Robert Martinez <address@hidden> wrote:
> On 10/05/12 17:37, Dave Crossland wrote:
>> Right, but to get them to value freedom in abstract, they need to know
>> many concrete examples of behaviors that result from that freedom.
> Unfortunately this often leads to only pointing out what is wrong when you
> DON'T have freedom.
> Probably the most effective argument in many cases, but in the long run
> you're the guy with the "bad vibes".

I don't think it is very effective. There are problems inherent in
proprietary software (spyware, DRM, etc etc) but that is quite
different to the list of what is not possible when users have freedom.
Such a list isn't as effective as phrasing it the other way, listing
what IS possible when users have freedom.

> I think a sustainable "free software" label is missing

I think the GPL functions as this. I know people who don't use
GNU+Linux as their main OS but who search for GPL software (eg they
web search for 'gpl cd burning windows')


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