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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The GNU ethical repository criteria will only

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The GNU ethical repository criteria will only harm free software.
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:42:41 -0700
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On 10/23/2015 01:22 PM, Alexander Berntsen wrote:
> On 23/10/15 16:02, Aaron Wolf wrote:
>> In other words, "When concerns about SaaSS conflict with this other
>>  concern, I think we should compromise on SaaSS and prioritize the 
>> other concern" is a reasonable argument. The unreasonable argument 
>> is, "SaaSS concerns happen by a matter of circumstance to conflict 
>> with this other concern, therefore, concerns about SaaSS are
>> wrong."
> I think your point is well articulated. But I fundamentally disagree
> that we must reject all SaaSS *at this time*.

Well, you're not disagreeing with me, personally. We don't disagree
here. I don't accept absolute dogma about any of these issues. I was
just rejecting the hyperbolic level of your arguments.

I think we should
> instead embrace it, and build a ladder to a future where it may be
> rejected. And if one accepts this opinion, as I do, one must work hard
> to ensure that SaaSS doesn't trick anyone. I find my reasoning here
> has many parallels with rms's reasoning with LGPL, and GNU's reasoning
> with suggesting lax licences in cases where it is deemed a reasonable
> sacrifice in order to encourage adoption of free formats etc.
> I do *not* think concerns about SaaSS are wrong. Indeed I exclusively
> use the AGPL, and make sure that all the software I write is
> replaceable, verifiable, and so forth. But presently there are too
> many circumstances where I find it unacceptable to outright reject
> SaaSS; kind of how I ultimately reject capitalism and currency, but
> find myself unable to reconcile this view with actually functioning in
> society at present.

Aaron Wolf
music teacher,

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