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www/philosophy words-to-avoid.html

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: www/philosophy words-to-avoid.html
Date: Mon, 05 Jan 2015 12:56:38 +0000

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Richard M. Stallman <rms>       15/01/05 12:56:38

Modified files:
        philosophy     : words-to-avoid.html 

Log message:
        Rewrite "Alternative" again.


Index: words-to-avoid.html
RCS file: /web/www/www/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html,v
retrieving revision 1.197
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diff -u -b -r1.197 -r1.198
--- words-to-avoid.html 30 Nov 2014 09:40:06 -0000      1.197
+++ words-to-avoid.html 5 Jan 2015 12:56:37 -0000       1.198
@@ -111,11 +111,11 @@
 <h4 id="Alternative">&ldquo;Alternative&rdquo;</h4>
-We don't describe free software as an &ldquo;alternative,&rdquo;
-because that presumes that other &ldquo;alternatives&rdquo; to free
-software are legitimate and we should coexist with them.  That word
-frames an issue with the assumption that it is good to have lots of
-&ldquo;alternatives&rdquo; to choose from.</p>
+We don't describe free software as an &ldquo;alternative&rdquo; to
+proprietary, because that word presumes all the &ldquo;alternatives&rdquo; are
+legitimate and each additional one makes users better off.  In effect,
+it assumes that free software ought to coexist with software that does
+not respect users' freedom.</p>
 We believe that distribution as free software is the only ethical way
@@ -124,8 +124,8 @@
 and <a href="/philosophy/who-does-that-server-really-serve.html">Service
 as a Software Substitute</a> subjugate their users.  We do not think
-that those should continue to exist as &ldquo;alternatives&rdquo; to
-free software.
+it is good to offer users those &ldquo;alternatives&rdquo; to free
 <h4 id="BSD-style">&ldquo;BSD-style&rdquo;</h4>
@@ -1000,7 +1000,7 @@
 <p class="unprintable">Updated:
 <!-- timestamp start -->
-$Date: 2014/11/30 09:40:06 $
+$Date: 2015/01/05 12:56:37 $
 <!-- timestamp end -->

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