On Tue, Jan 09, 2018 at 02:19:29PM -0500, Ilya Shlyakhter wrote: > [..], so the FSF's caricature > of non-free software authors' motivations (“I want to get rich > (usually described inaccurately as ‘making a living’)") hardly > applies.
"Of the many things you can accuse the FSF of, this is not one of them" -- It's a direct quote from https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/shouldbefree.html . "Which merits one picks helps determine the outcome of the comparison." -- but _who_ should pick the merits and do the comparison? I'm suggesting it should be the users. If "it's obvious how nonfree software harms the user", then, after being pointed to non-free software along with a warning of its harms, users will obviously choose "even buggy and less featureful free software" over its non-free counterpart. They will then be using free software deliberately, which I'd think is the kind of activity the FSF would want to encourage. I understand the argument for preventing naive/unsophisticated users from getting trapped into proprietary programs without a full appreciation of the consequences. But most Org mode users would not be in that category. I have trouble understanding why it's unethical to point even sophisticated and discerning users, fully capable of understanding the problems of non-free software, to such software. A ban on such pointing has obvious cynical explanations (FSF just doesn't trust any users' judgement, and/or wants to reduce the need to compete with non-free software on technical quality). Loosening the ban would have the benefit of disproving such interpretations. On Tue, Jan 9, 2018 at 2:48 PM, Francesco Ariis <fa...@ariis.it> wrote: > On Tue, Jan 09, 2018 at 02:19:29PM -0500, Ilya Shlyakhter wrote: >> [..], so the FSF's caricature >> of non-free software authors' motivations (“I want to get rich >> (usually described inaccurately as ‘making a living’)") hardly >> applies. > > Of the many things you can accuse the FSF of, this is not one > of them > -F > > _______________________________________________ > gnu-misc-discuss mailing list > firstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-misc-discuss _______________________________________________ gnu-misc-discuss mailing list email@example.com https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/gnu-misc-discuss