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Re: Sacrifices made for Free Software

From: quiliro
Subject: Re: Sacrifices made for Free Software
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:41:27 -0500

LM <> writes:

> So, here's an opportunity to give a school an alternative to a
> non-Free product and promote Free Software.

I don't think it is an opportunity for us unless we get retributions. I
do think that it is good for someone to have freedom. But that does not
mean that the people who promote freedom are benefited for it.

When someone uses nonfree software, they benefit the developer and the
promoter (usually). But with free software, it is the other way
around. It is the developer and the promoter that benefit the user. It
is the ethical way to distribute software. But that does not mean per is
obliged to produce or distribute per work without charging for it.

It is our wish that all people are free. And it would help free software
users that there is a critical mass of users for every niche. But the
main source of benefit for the pushers of freedom is cooperation from
the users, not just use. Use does not contribute to produce more free
software. In fact, it is a payload that we must carry. But we do it

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