You conflate free software, privacy and security. You also do not (or refuse
to) understand that one program can be free even if others are not and we can
still speak about the software freedom of that program.
I do not need to look at any other context to say that a program is free
software, and I have yet to come across a case where I have a choice between
a free and proprietary program and I did not choose the free one. It is
exactly the same case with firmware: whenever I can use free firmware, I do.
If you look at browser market shares, back when IE had >75% of the market,
Opera had something like 0.1%. That's what I meant by we would probably all
be using Microsoft's browser. In any case, I am very thankful that Firefox
and its derivatives exist.
Not sure what you mean by ring 3. First time I hear that term. If you mean
freedom 3, I don't understand what "when the system is compromised at freedom
3 is nonsense." Without freedom 3, you cannot improve the program and share
What authority do I pat in the back?
I don't have the time for silly arguments.
A large number of your posts over the past weeks seem to contradict that