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Raphael Rousseau RaphaelRousseau at fsfeurope.org
Thu May 10 10:34:52 UTC 2001

On Wed, May 09, 2001 at 04:02:04PM +0200, Ludovic PENET wrote:
> Both point of views are quite respectable, but we should make clear whether
> FSF Europe aims to represents the first or the second point of view. I
> thought FSF Europe defends the second one (I found strong indices of this by
> the existence of the GBN, for instance). Does everyone agree with that? 

I'm not absolutely sure our goal is **only** to promote the use of Free
Software in big organizations, governments...
We have several roles, among which being an interlocutor for both
individuals AND organizations.
Some of us feel more comfortable speaking to ones and others members
prefer to speak to institutions or big companies, depending on their 
professional experience or personal feelings.

Free Software doesn't make difference between users and developers, by
allowing the same rights to the ones and to the others.
This distinction had been brought by firms developing proprietary software. 
Now, it's not time to make the difference between people who develop free 
software for the joy of hacking and those who develop it for their job.
Both approaches are interesting and complementary ones. We shouldn't be
more in favor of one against another.

**Please** stop flaming about it and speak more constructively !

Raphael Rousseau <RaphaelRousseau AT fsfeurope DOT org>
               "Le Logiciel Libre est la conscience du logiciel"
Secrétaire de la FSF France                         http://france.fsfeurope.org
Free Software Foundation Europe Vice-Chancellor         http://www.fsfeurope.org

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