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Re: Release plans
Re: Release plans
Tue, 5 Aug 2008 08:23:36 +0530 (IST)
----- Original Message ----
> From: Alan Mackenzie <address@hidden>
> To: Richard M. Stallman <address@hidden>
> Cc: address@hidden; address@hidden
> Sent: Tuesday, 5 August, 2008 12:38:30 AM
> Subject: Re: Release plans
> Hi, Richard!
> On Mon, Aug 04, 2008 at 11:33:34AM -0400, Richard M. Stallman wrote:
> > To be honest, I wouldn't do that either if somebody suggested it to
> > me. But if you did try this, you might then be a bit more
> > sympathetic to those who percieve that type of software to be
> > modern, efficient, and OK.
> > I sympathize fully with appreciation of convenient software.. What I
> > refuse to sympathize with is the failure to appreciate freedom even
> > more.
> Lots of people can't appreciate freedom because they don't understand it.
> To a large extent, they're people who've never suffered constraint, or
> haven't noticed it. A mob of such people is dangerous indeed.
> Education, sympathetic or not, is the best thing here.
From my limited understanding of the complex free/freedom in software, it
attracts only the real hackers. Not everyone wants access to the source code
when they cannot modify it. Not everyone is a hacker and cannot be a master in
all tools and applications. I would love to use free software where I know
enough to be able to make the changes I want and contribute back to the
community. In areas where I know nothing but have to use something to get my
work done, I really look for the simplest to deploy, use and cost effective (in
the same order). From the philosophical perspective, I do understand and accept
that embracing free software in spite of a functionally better proprietary
alternative is good for the community. Practically, I doubt whether that is
sustainable in the long term when it keeps coming in the way of getting my job
IMHO, what we need is real good organized paid support to free software where I
can demand support for a feature I have paid. A slightly less restrictive
licensing to paid users wanting to develop proprietary software using the free
software. More corporates would then use free source than what is happening
currently. At work (in corporates), people are just scared to use free source
under GPL! Therefore, they keep using more proprietary software and building on
top of it. Is it possible for FSF/GNU to setup something for paid users? I hope
something comes out in the near future. Pushing free software in corporates
would be a big step forward and that will attract larger user (and hopefully
Unlimited freedom, unlimited storage. Get it now, on