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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Label Campaign

From: John Sullivan
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Label Campaign
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 15:12:48 -0400
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Robert Martinez <address@hidden> writes:

> I think there should be a campaign and I'm curious what you think.
>   It should be about making ethical choices transparent.
> Most non-technical users cannot see or understand what software freedom is.
> All they eventually get is a license name and/or version, some "open
> foo" buzzwords and maybe the hint that it is free software. They are
> unable to recognize in how far their choice actually connects to the
> idea of free software.
> In order to help people make right choices the free software community
> should use its authority and start labeling what is considered free
> software.
> There should be a label on every homepage or about-screen visible for
> everyone, and indicating that using this software means making a right
> choice.
> Practically speaking this means:
> - create a label
> - create a landing page (linked to the label) explaining the 4
> freedoms and linking to more detailed infromation
> Do you think we can and should initiate this?

Yes. I think we should have that label link to, and that if the page needs
to be clearer for this purpose, suggestions should be made to
address@hidden He has already made some changes relatively recently to
make it a better page for explaining the meaning of free software, in
addition to providing the official technical definition.

I think this is a great idea.

The label could say "Free as in Freedom".


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