Defining Free Software Business

Yavor Doganov yavor at
Tue Jun 27 05:34:51 UTC 2006

Ben Finney wrote:
> What do you think of the suggestion made to draw lines similar to
> those drawn by the Debian project: "free", "free but currently depends
> on non-free", "non-free".

I think it is a bad idea.  We fight non-free software, we consider it
unjust and wrong, we don't want it to exist.  I am confident that it
will be declared illegal at some point in the future, in the same
manner as slavery is illegal.  As it was already pointed out,
recommending companies that are involved in proprietary software
development and distribution totally defeats our ideals and

In the GNU Project, discrimination against proprietary software is not
just a policy -- it's the principle and the purpose.  Proprietary
software is fundamentally unjust and wrong, so when we have the
opportunity to place it at a disadvantage, that is a good thing. --RMS

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