GNU Business Network Definition comments

xdrudis xdrudis at
Fri Jun 9 16:56:43 UTC 2006

El Thu, Jun 08, 2006 at 10:46:26PM +0200, Alfred M. Szmidt deia:
>    However, I believe more pragmatism is called for in the basic GNU
>    Business Network Definition principles.
> Freedom and practicality don't go hand in hand.

They do. It's always more practical to be free than to be enslaved. 
The problem is you can't always have all you want, so sometimes you 
accept less freedom for exchange of something else. That depends on the
options you have at each moment. 

I haven't read anything outside this list, sorry. But my problem with 
the views that companies supporting some propietary software should 
be accepted in the GNUBN is that the the GNUBN loses all significance for 

It's only very few fanatical companies that don't use or support some 
free program or other. Once you accept mixed companies, it's difficult 
to set any limits. And I as apotential employee can no longer rely on 
a GNUBN company s an employer that guarantees that what I'll learn there
will be on free software, and as a customer I can't trust a company that
makes a living out of supporting propietary software to work for me 
or recommend solutions, since they may impose propietary software on me. 

I'd rather have a clear meaning for GNUBN and few companies included, at
least initially that having many companies which I don't know anything 
about by just its GNUBN sticker, because mixed companies are allowed. 
If I still have to sort out myself which companies will ensure my freedom as customer 
or employee even between GNUBN, then I don't need GNUBN at all. 

I't like ecological food (is that the English name?). It may be more or less
minoritarian, and very restrictive if you require all the food chain to be
free from chemicals, etc. But if you don't then the label is meaningless to

Xavi Drudis Ferran
xdrudis at

More information about the Discussion mailing list