why free?

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at vrijschrift.org
Tue Jul 19 10:56:25 UTC 2005

At Tue, 19 Jul 2005 11:12:47 +0100,
Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-07-19 at 01:39 +0200, Markus wrote:
> > But my question is more if non-free software is always bad or are there
> >  situations were you could say "It's bad that i don't have all the freedoms,
> > but i just need the tool do get a job done and if it does the job it's ok"
> > For example if i get an PDF which can displayed only by the
> > acrobat reader. Should i say "the reader is bad because it's non-free" and
> > don't read the PDF or should i just use the acrobat reader to read this one
> > document? I think you could tell very few people to do the first thing.
> You should ask whoever generated that PDF to generate a standard PDF,
> instead of one with Adobe extensions, or in fact say it's a corrupted
> PDF, so you can't read it.

And somebody should write a decent PDF reader, but that's a different

Jeroen Dekkers

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