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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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Oh my, Stallman, old chap ...
by ViktorRabe on Wed 21st Mar 2012 09:49 UTC
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However, if you convince people that they deserve freedom, they will start rejecting nonfree software whether it is technically inferior or technically superior, because they will see that free software is ethically superior. They will understand the important question and judge it right. This is a full, deep success.

To quote Yoda: "That is why you fail."

Stallman, my friend, nobody except a loon will choose inferior software for ethical reasons that are connected to the software's inherent freedom or absence of said freedom. If need really be, a user will pirate the superior software. And if ethics play a role for said user, he'll choose the inferior software because he can't afford the superior one. But not many people will choose inferior software because it's the "right" thing to do for the sake of freedom.

You have to face the ugly truth someday, Stallman: what's most important for many users today, when it comes to FLOSS, is the "free as in beer", not the "free as in speech".

Edited 2012-03-21 10:00 UTC

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