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Sat, 01 Dec 2007 10:56:34 +0100
Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/23.0.50 (gnu/linux)
Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:
>> From: Leo <address@hidden>
>> Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 22:22:43 +0000
>> Maybe many third world people still use win 9x; but I just did a
>> survey and +90% don't intend to use any GNU software and and among
>> the rest, 7% do not want to upgrade their software.
> But we _do_ want to convince them to use GNU software, don't we?
And the point of free software is that you are _free_ to use it, not
that you _have_ to use it. At any given point of time, for the "normal
citizen" restrictive government regulations are not relevant. But that
is a consolation only as long as you are not affected.
And GNU/Linux with its much more modest system requirements offers a
migration path (a path you can start with Emacs) to uptodate software
for older hardware, the kind of hardware people in the third world use.
Incidentally, if 10% intend to use GNU software, I would guess that is
at least double the percentage of people in the first and second world.
Even if the amount would have been more like 0.5%, for the sake of those
it would have been worth it. 10% already is a mass phenomenon, if you
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum