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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Label Campaign

From: John Sullivan
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Label Campaign
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 15:12:48 -0400
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Robert Martinez <> writes:

> I think there should be a campaign and I'm curious what you think.
>   It should be about making ethical choices transparent.
> Most non-technical users cannot see or understand what software freedom is.
> All they eventually get is a license name and/or version, some "open
> foo" buzzwords and maybe the hint that it is free software. They are
> unable to recognize in how far their choice actually connects to the
> idea of free software.
> In order to help people make right choices the free software community
> should use its authority and start labeling what is considered free
> software.
> There should be a label on every homepage or about-screen visible for
> everyone, and indicating that using this software means making a right
> choice.
> Practically speaking this means:
> - create a label
> - create a landing page (linked to the label) explaining the 4
> freedoms and linking to more detailed infromation
> Do you think we can and should initiate this?

Yes. I think we should have that label link to, and that if the page needs
to be clearer for this purpose, suggestions should be made to He has already made some changes relatively recently to
make it a better page for explaining the meaning of free software, in
addition to providing the official technical definition.

I think this is a great idea.

The label could say "Free as in Freedom".


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