RMS interview

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Mon Jun 17 18:03:47 UTC 2002

Saw a nive RMS interview, clarifying a lot of the FSF's positions:


And a journalist finally asks good questions:

	OfB: What are some of the advantages of Free Software for businesses?  

	RMS: Free software means you control what your computer
	does.  Non-free software means someone else controls that, and to
	some extent controls you. Non-free software keeps users divided and
	individually helpless; free software empowers the users. All these
	reasons apply just as well to business users as to individuals.  

	For a business, there is the added advantage that support for a free
	program comes from a free market. Support for a proprietary program
	is usually a monopoly, since only the company that owns the program
	can change it either to fix a bug or add a feature. If you are
	willing to pay for support, you will usually get better support for
	your money when you use free software.

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