K5: 'Is Richard Stallman's Fight For "GNU/Linux" Suicide?'
stefan.meretz at hbv.org
Sun May 20 10:36:06 UTC 2001
Sorry, Georg, but again:
"Georg C. F. Greve" wrote:
> As Bernhard has shown at the beginning of this thread, the FSF has
> always emphasized the compatibility of Free Software with
Ok, Free Software is compatible. But my point is: What comes first? You
want to tell me, that commercialization and free software is identical?
My position is: freedom comes first, and I think, this _is_ the position
of FSF as I can read it on gnu.org.
> Richard Stallman himself has repeatedly told people
> to make as much money as they possibly can with Free Software because
> this will eventually lead to more Free Software.
Do you have a ref? I searched for that on gnu.org, but I can't find it.
I found this:
Since free software is not a matter of price, a low price isn't more
free, or closer to free. So if you are redistributing copies of free
software, you might as well charge a substantial fee and <i>make some
money</i>. Redistributing free software is a good and legitimate
activity; if you do it, you might as well make a profit from it.
Strictly speaking, ``selling'' means trading goods for money. Selling a
copy of a free program is legitimate, and we encourage it.
I understand: Free Software is not a matter of price, it is a matter of
freedom. And you can make some money. Sounds different to "make as much
money as they possibly can with Free Software".
...so we can avoid appearing to share the widespread assumption that
money and business are the highest value in life.
> Also it should be clear by now that being against commercialization is
> being against freedom in the sense of Free Software.
I completely disagree, but there is no need to fit our positions. If I
understand Werner Koch right: It is not a topic of FSF(E).
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