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Re: School encouraging non-free software

From: Rui Miguel Seabra
Subject: Re: School encouraging non-free software
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 10:10:51 +0000

On Fri, 2005-01-28 at 21:54 -0500, Zen Lunatic wrote:
> It seems almost impossible to use all free software in ones life, and
> live "ethically pure" as I'm sure the GNU project would put it. I mean
> airplanes use HP-UX, so would I quit flying?

The GNU project started on proprietary systems replacing one by one.
It's not an all or nothing fight for freedom. You get to conquer it
pieces by pieces.

You can start by using only Free Software when you have direct contact,
and urging others to do so as well, specially when it affects your life
and your political choice to be Free.

> The question of whether all software should be free is really what I'm
> getting at. Also how does the FSF define "use" of software. Are the
> situations described above "use"?

It's usually that you have a copy of said software and execute it on a
computer for any purpos.

You can't possibly control others. The main point in your Freedom is
that it ends where other's Freedom begins, even if it's the Freedom to
shoot their own feet.

However, if they're carrying you on your back and shot their feet, you'd
probably fall and get bruised, so it _can_ affect you in certain
conditions, so you can urge them not do so.


+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
+ So let's do it...?

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