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"With freedom come some guidelines. "The Free Software Foundation follows the rule that we cannot install any proprietary program on our computers, except temporarily, for the specific purpose of writing a free replacement for that very program," Foundation officials said. "Aside from that, we feel there is no possible excuse for installing a proprietary program."

"For example, we felt justified in installing UNIX on our computer in the 1980s, because we were using it to write a free replacement for UNIX. Nowadays, since free OSs are available, the excuse is no longer applicable; we have eliminated all our non-free operating systems, and any new computer we install must run a completely free OS."

"The foundation doesn't force GNU users or contributors to live by this rule. "It is a rule we made for ourselves," the Foundation explained."

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