The binary nature of Freedom

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Tue Jul 9 13:30:42 UTC 2002

On Sun, Jul 07, 2002 at 02:12:24PM +0200, Alexandre Dulaunoy wrote:

> "
> Remember that there's no such thing as "partially" free. You're either
> free or you're not, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either fooling
> you or worse -- fooling themselves. This is the binary nature of freedom.
> "

I cannot agree to this statement as freedom especially interpersonal
freedom is a complicated topic.
It is told that RMS once said: "Your freedom to swing your arm
stops at my nose."  It is difficult for more abstracts issues like
software to find where that nose is.  This is an ongoing process in society.

Furthermore I do not fully agree on the "GNU Needs More Than Software" 
paragraph as it underestimates the needs for a good terminology 
and proper credit. 

The section about the benefits of the GNU license and gcc is too
monocausal to be a solid argumentation. It is more like an illustration.
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