Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Sep 2005 22:40 UTC, submitted by Danijel Orsolic
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "This follow-up to the previously published article 'Ubuntu: Derivative or Fork?' takes into account most of everything that has been posted as a reaction to the first article to present a general opinion and compare them with facts derived from various resouces. You'll see that peace can be achieved between these two, and ultimately any GNU/Linux group out there."
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RE[18]: "Freedom"
by stew on Thu 29th Sep 2005 00:57 UTC in reply to "RE[17]: "Freedom""
stew
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2005-07-06

"There is no "absolute" freedom, as anyone who's ever had Philosophy 101 can tell you. Freedoms are always balanced one against the other."

Exactly that is my point. The use of the words "Free" and "non-Free" for software is idiotic to begin with. Someone just came, made a list of five things he wants to have in software and stamped the word "freedom" on it. Afterwards, he accuses everyone who has different interests of being against "freedom".

Besides, freedom of speech and "freedom of code" are worlds apart. Freedom of speech is a basic human right no one should be denied and strict censorship is an act of oppression. Applying the same words to software is implying a parallel, that there is oppressive software licensing and a human right to modify and redisitriute other people's work. This is the thing I disagree with, because I consider producing and selling proprietary software a basic right everyone should be granted in a free society and there is nothing oppressive about it.

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