Everyone has excellent points.
How big must a lab rat's maze be before the rat
has the illusion of freedom? How many pathways before the illusion of 'free'
choice? The fact remains, even a maze the size of NYC does not change the fact
that the rat is still a prisoner and his choices are really not his. He may go
through his whole life and never see an outside wall, and even if he did, would
he know that he has reached his limit of freedom and choice, or is it just
another wall from his perspective?
Freedom is not solely about choices, because as
been pointed-out, that can be an illusion. It is rooted in the choices offered,
and how they got there. Did the choices presented to me spawn organically, or am
I being manipulated by intentionally limited options?
Are the masses worried more about the openness and
source code of a piece of software, or the openness of those that stand behind
it, support it, and do 'care' about the source code. The openness of the
software may be important to a hacker, but how many people out there are
hackers? They just want to push a button and make a phone call. Where is their
choice? Their 'freedom' is realized by not being manipulated by those that do
not have their best interest in mind. By being guided by those that can
recognize an outside wall when they see it, show them a path through it, and
help them to the other-side.
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Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:55 PM
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss]
Freedom is not merely choice
I think that people can play with words and twist some of the
meaning, but what is important here is not choices imposed by others, but my
own choice, which is what I understand from Richard-qbiciii 's post. In
the case of the browsers on Windows ARM, my choice might not even be
available, artificially, because of proprietary choices to limit users.
To really be able to even have a true personal choice, I think you necessarily
need to have the freedom to run whatever you like and modify the system itself
if that is the limiting component. If you don't have that, you don't
have true choice.
On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM, J.B. Nicholson-Owens
Freedom is choice... not free. I don't want my choices
messed with. That is my voice and
Actually, if all you focus on is freedom of
choice your software freedom can disappear.
A recent example of this
is Harvey Anderson's post to the Mozilla blog:
points out that the upcoming proprietary Microsoft Windows variant (which
runs on ARM processors) will only allow web browsers to run in the less
featureful "Metro" environment instead of the more featureful "Windows
Classic" environment. He surmises "In practice, this means that only
Internet Explorer will be able to perform many of the advanced computing
functions vital to modern browsers in terms of speed, stability, and
security to which users have grown accustomed."
Anderson argues that "Windows on ARM users need browser
Anderson's call for more browser choices would be met if
Microsoft allowed only other proprietary web browsers to run like Internet
Explorer can. Anderson isn't arguing that computer users deserve the
freedom to run, share, and modify the programs they have. Choice can
be satisfied without respecting users' software