Defining Free Software Business( was Re: GNU Business Network Definition comments)

MJ Ray mjr at
Wed Jun 21 06:27:05 UTC 2006

Stefano Maffulli <stef at>
> So, what are these criteria?  How about the definitions suggested here:

I agree that the GNU Manifesto is too long and difficult to
understand for this purpose.

Considering only ethics also could lead you into some absurdities,
such as including proprietary-software-dependant cooperatives
who otherwise follow the ethical principles listed at (personally, I think
they're compromising their autonomy, but it seems it's not enough
to matter to most people yet).

Simon Phipps's definition seems the closest of those listed.

Hope that helps,
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