[Trisquel-users] Munich gives up on GNU/Linux and free/open source software

shiretoko at web.de shiretoko at web.de
Sun Aug 31 11:34:35 CEST 2014


Sorry, I can't stand this anymore.
I will tell you one of the reasons why the free software movement remains  
tiny even after the biggest spying scandal in history:
Because its main leader is running around, telling non-technical persons to  
visit https://gnu.org/distros/free-distros.html
and "download an ethical operating system".
Please choose 50 average persons - you can even tell them about free software  
beforehand and make sure that they agree on the necessity -, and give them  
this link.
How many of them do you think will end up as happy free software users?
I can tell you: non of them.
They will end up with dragora or blag or ututo, facing insuperable obstacles  
and finally giving up.
This is the result of this "freedom is all that matters, we don't talk about  
anything else and give a shit about practicle things" attitude.

People will _never_ sacrifice huge parts of their computing, even huge parts  
of their whole life for freedom, except maybe an insiginificant tiny fraction  
of them, which gather around mainly in this forum.
They won't quit their university career because it includes the use of  
non-free software, they won't stop buying plane tickets over the internet  
because it needs proprietary javascript and they won't give up their hobbies  
as well.
You can tell them about freedom as long as you want, this fact won't change  
and anybody should agree on this.
So what's the purpose of this attitude?

Freedom IS important and we should tell people, but freedom is not ALL that  
matters, so why does this list on GNU doesn't include any other criteria for  
endorsing operating systems than just freedom?
Why does stallman not talk about anything else than freedom?
Can't he see that it's pointless?
But maybe it's not about influence, it's not about actually freeing people.  
It's just about praising own ideals.




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