about warez.at

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at tiscalinet.it
Wed Oct 31 15:05:15 UTC 2001

On Wed, 2001-10-31 at 15:27, Josef Dalcolmo wrote:
> Florian.Weimer at RUS.Uni-Stuttgart.DE said:
> > I'm not sure about that.  In the past, the big companies tolerated a
> > certain amount of copying, in order to help spreading their software
> > among home users etc. ...
> To continue a little bit on this line of thinking, (e.g. spreading the word,) 
> it is imperative to give people the opportunity to try free software. The fact 
> is however, that many of us are bound to use MS software, either because it 
> was forced upon us, or because we need to deal with documents in that format, 
> or simply because it not worth while to reboot your computer every time when 
> you want to switch programs (in the case that you have to use MS software for 
> some tasks, but would like to use free ones for others).

You attack the problem by the wrong way IMHO.
The problem is: you are forced to use windows while you want to use
Ask yourself why: because you use software on windows that is not
interoperable with that on linux (cosed data format).
Solution: push for open standards, or better, push for free (as in
freedom) data formats for your data.

Running linux in windows is not a solution, you will be forced to use
forever this non-free/free mixed solution.

One of the battles to fight is to have free data formats so that you are
able to really own your data and be able to make whatever you want with
your own data.

Just now lot of people are hostages of Microsoft, just because they do
not really own their data, not because there is not a free alternative
for their software.

Simo Sorce
Una scelta di liberta': Software Libero.
A choice of freedom: Free Software.

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