[Trisquel-users] Re : What if we win?

magicbanana at gmail.com magicbanana at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 17:00:55 CET 2013


Maybe you never wanted the source code for those plugins to become free  
software because they were never meant to be and fit a specific purpose that  
the client paid for.

The software should be free. Period. Your client, like anybody, deserves the  
four freedoms. You prefer to be the mighty developer that is the only one who  
can fix the bugs, implement new feature, maybe artificial usage restrictions,  
spy on the user or even use her system as part of a botnet (Who knows? Only  
you. Not the user). This simply is unethical.

now your code can be stolen and shared.

The code should be freely sharable. Period. That is part of the free software  
definition. Besides, if your plugins "fit a specific purpose that the client  
paid for", then why would this client share them? Or do you mean "share them  
with another developer who will fix the bugs you let in and the features that  
were still to be implemented"? If so, it just emphasizes the unethical  
control you want on your users. Users deserve a free market for support. It  
is *their* jobs that is achieved through software. They deserve the control  
on their computing. Not you.


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