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Re: referencing non-free software

From: Francesco Ariis
Subject: Re: referencing non-free software
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2018 19:30:44 +0100
User-agent: NeoMutt/20170113 (1.7.2)

On Tue, Jan 09, 2018 at 12:51:16PM -0500, Ilya Shlyakhter wrote:
> But don't you want users  to choose free software consciously, having
> considered your arguments that non-free software is "unethical and
> immoral", and actively agreed with them?  If users end up using free
> software simply by happenstance, because you prevented them from
> finding non-free software, then they haven't really accepted your
> arguments.  How does that constitute the spread of FSF ideas?  An idea
> is accepted when alternative ideas have been seriously considered and
> consciously rejected, not when alternative ideas were prevented from
> being explored.
> So the value of mentioning non-free software, along with a pointer to
> the reasons not to use it, is to ensure that any decision to use free
> software is made deliberately and consciously, after genuine
> acceptance of FSF ideas.

Even though I sympathise with your ideas, there is a practical value
in being economical with words.
Documentation needs to be concise and to the point, as a new user
I often feel overwhelmed; not sure docs are the best venue for
such matter

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