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Groklaw: Educating Users about Freedom Zero

Dec 22, 2006, 13:00 (10 Talkback[s])

"I've written that some vendors don't comprehend the GPL. Groklaw member PolR wrote me an interesting email, in which he told me that the problem isn't that vendors don't comprehend it. They do. They just are not enamored. They particularly hate freedom zero, PolR wrote, 'the freedom to run the program for any purpose, any way you like,' as Richard Stallman has defined it. So some are deliberately trying to skirt around it, egged on by Microsoft and their mouthpieces, and joined by some in the community who don't much care or who care about 'success' or money more than they care about end users.

"He did some thinking about how to counter that pressure, and he suggests that the answer is educating end users. *They* are the ones that need to comprehend the freedoms that the GPL seeks to give them, because if they do understand it--whether they are individuals, businesses, or government entities--they are likely to demand them and they will deliberately avoid Brand X 'Linux' substitutes, because they will comprehend what closed, binary blobs will do to them..."

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