Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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RE[3]: I just don't follow...
by Brendan on Tue 20th Mar 2012 21:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I just don't follow..."
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Also... this:

If you convince people that some free software is technically superior, they might run some free software, but they will remain ready to use nonfree software in the areas where that is technically superior. They will continue to judge an important question based on superficial issues. This is just a partial success.


If I am not convinced of this being an ethical issue in the first place surely preferring software that functions better is not superficial?

I think he wants people to use free software because it's free (not because it's better, and not because it's less expensive). If someone uses free software simply because it's better then it's less of a victory to him.

It's like an atheist who goes to a church for the bread and wine - I'm sure the church would prefer people attend for other reasons.

- Brendan

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