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Re: Practicality of GNU project and libre movement

From: Msavoritias
Subject: Re: Practicality of GNU project and libre movement
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 23:31:15 +0200

   Mr Fidelman,
   Whether this person is or isn't correct doesn't matter. We should treat
   everybody respectfully otherwise we are alienating potential Free
   Software users from joining our community. Please try to be more polite
   in the future.

   On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 15:22, Miles Fidelman
   <> wrote:

   On 7/23/20 12:48 PM, Sagar Acharya via libreplanet-discuss wrote:

     I read "Free as in Freedom" by Richard Stallman and am a strong
     supporter of GNU project. I strongly want it to succeed. However,
     when you keep money away from the free software movement, such a
     movement cannot survive against people who actively charge money for
     binaries without source code. All power arises from concealment.
     When you understand a system very well, the power goes away and it
     looks ordinary. When GNU or libre movement asks contributors or
     volunteers (both fancy words for "work for me for free"), you
     present making libre software as a secondary thing rather than a
     central thing. When projects licensed GPLv3 rely almost completely
     on "donations" from other, you rely on the donor's generosity for
     getting food at your table. I really want people to remove reliance
     on external things and make GNU central and very active.

   So what's your point? FOSS is doing quite well.  Apache powers the
   web.  Postfix powers email.  Linux, Python, ...  And plenty of the bug
   guys pay good money to folks who crank out FOSS software. What's the
   point of pontificating & spouting counter-factual bullshit?  Do you
   just like making a fool of yourself?  Or am I missing something? Miles
   In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In
   practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra Theory is when you know everything
   but nothing works. Practice is when everything works but no one knows
   why. In our lab, theory and practice are combined: nothing works and no
   one knows why. ... unknown
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