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Re: [DotGNU]Re: "Open source" is not what we do here

From: Daniel Carrera
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]Re: "Open source" is not what we do here
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2002 17:37:08 -0500 (EST)

> The evil is not in the software or product , but in the actions it producers
> take to restrict your freedom. For example Microsoft added a restriction
> to prevent GPL'd programs from being written for implementing a closed
> protocol.
> It is not the programs that are evil , but the intentions behind
> it that are to be considered. IMHO in most cases the intentions are
> profiteering or control -- which are evil.

I think that we might agree on this.  I believe that this action was evil,
but that is because they are trying to control people and restrict choice.

Just so I understand your opinion better,consider this example:

Nintendo sales games.  Those games are proprietary.

I do not think that Nintendo's action of making games proprietary is
evil.  I do not see them having undue control.  People are not forced to
buy Nintendo.  People are free to make their own games, or get their games
someplace else.

On the other hand, I may of Microsoft actions are designed to lock
customers in.  Those actions are evil.

My question for you:
Do you consider Nintendo evil for keeping their games closed?

> Putting the "Software" above everything else *is* an OSS trait.

I'll try to explain:

Sharing software freely makes software that is of high quality, very
flexible and available to everyone.

- It brings technology to people that normally wouldn't have it.
- It evens out the playing field.  (e.g. poor countries can compete).
- It encourages the creation of technologies that help people.

These are consequences of the software *model*, but I like them because
they are *good*.

> But would you go as far as to say that the GNU project did not have a
> "Software model" ?

I don't understand this question.

> Not intending to offend you , your statements are mostly conflicting
> in ideas.

No offence taken.  My believes are very well thoughtout.
I lack the ability to express them effectively in less than 10 pages.

I am glad that you view my opinions as compatible with Free Software.


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