K5: 'Is Richard Stallman's Fight For "GNU/Linux" Suicide?'

Kristian A. Rink afterimage at gmx.net
Thu May 17 18:10:58 UTC 2001

>Thinking that Free Software was about being non-commercial is a
>misunderstanding that a lot of people have (including the author of
>the article). It is a misunderstanding, however.

>Free Software is not about being against commercialization, it is
>about being for freedom.

Well, yes. But, my $0.02 on that, most people I know are, when speaking
about "commercial" software, indeed speaking about closed-source, non-free
software products, same as most of those, while demanding more
"professional" applications / programs for GNU/Linux, they actually want
more of right this "commercial" software. So probably it's not only about
misunderstanding the fact that GNU/Linux is not non- (or even
anti-commercial) but only about being for freedom, but it's same
misunderstanding (yet what most people probably think) that commercial
software is per definitionem proprietary, non-free. Seeing *this* sort of
definition, I certainly hope that GNU/Linux *is* non-commercial and will be
for all eternity. Perhaps, before trying to show people that free software
is not about being non-commercial, we should show them a more appropriate
definition of "commercial" in the field of computers / software. Probably
this would put an end to both of those misunderstandings...


Kristian Rink
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