press release critique

Stefan Meretz stefan.meretz at
Fri May 4 21:33:48 UTC 2001

Werner Koch schrieb:
> On Fri, 4 May 2001, Marc SCHAEFER wrote:
> > However, I would like that FSFE describe in a confusionless way the
> > distinction between free (as in beer) and free (as in above).
> Check out the 4 basic freedoms.  RMS talks about these in every
> speech on Free Software and of course you will find them at
> and  IMHO everyone in the Free
> Software community should know them as well has the basic syntax of
> his favorite programming language.
> I think it is in most cases pretty easy to compare some software
> against the freedoms 0 to 3.  They don't say anything about money or
> other ways of compensation - why should they?

Agreed. Then _please_ talk about freedom, not about making money as
much as you can. Don't change means and goal. Freedom is the goal,
not money. There might be ways to free software via money, but there
are lots of other ways. A FSFE driving the "making-money game" is

Maybe this all what I what to say starting this thread.


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