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Re: Release plans

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Release plans
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 03:14:48 -0400

Just to note, I wrote the following text:

       But it is better to have badly written free software than
       having well written non-free software.  We can fix the former,
       but not the later.

   Exactly.  The idea of the free software movement is that we don't
   give up our freedom just to "get a job done".

But not this:

       Software is written for a purpose.  Windows
       does its job, whether it does it good or bad and whether you like the
       philosophy or not.  It is not free and it solves the problem it was
       written for.

   If you define "the job" in purely practical terms, that response
   follows logically.  There are users who can get their work done using

   It does not follow that the existence of Windows is a good thing or that
   developing it was ethically acceptable.  Part of valuing freedom is that
   you don't consider something a "solution" if it costs you freedom.

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