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.
Permalink for comment 511279
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: I just don't follow...
by WorknMan on Tue 20th Mar 2012 21:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I just don't follow..."
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

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


Not only that, but there are some areas... actually a lot of areas, where there is no free software solution. For example, I have a piece of software that allows me to edit/organize sounds from my Yamaha synth on a PC, which takes me minutes to do, instead of the hours it would take to do it directly on the synth. This software is not free, and there is not a free alternative, and I sure as hell don't have the time or expertise to build my own. So I'm just not supposed to use this software for ethical reasons? *pfffffffffffft* Whatever ;) Stallman is off his rocker.

My own personal philosophy is to use free software when it suits my needs, but to use non-free software when this isn't the case. For example, there are better (as in technically superior) non-free mail programs than Thunderbird, but TB does everything I need it to do, so that's what I use.

Reply Parent Score: 2