why free?

Rui Miguel Seabra rms at 1407.org
Tue Jul 19 13:02:50 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-07-19 at 12:56 +0200, Jeroen Dekkers wrote:
> 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
> story...

evince, although not perfect, is quite good.


+ No matter how much you do, you never do enough -- unknown
+ Whatever you do will be insignificant,
| but it is very important that you do it -- Gandhi
+ So let's do it...?

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