why free?

Steven steffo at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 10:09:50 UTC 2005


I would like to rephrase the question to:

Is non-free software always bad for consumers?

Lets say you buy a non-free car at a garage  with a closed and locked
hood and an exclusive service contract. You don't care for these
restrictions, because you have no idea of what to do with an engine if
you saw one. If your car breaks down you'll bring it to the garage.

What if this garage has become unreachable?
What if this garage has become more expensive than average?
What if you doubt the competence of this garage?
What if you have something which can boost your performance or safety
of this car ?
What if your neighbour is a mechanic and can repair your problems for
free or a few bucks ?

Well it doesn't really matter, because you have no choice....

So imho restrictions or non-free software is always bad for consumers.


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