Free Toaster (was: Defining Free Software Business)

Reinhard Mueller mueller at
Tue Jun 27 16:49:20 UTC 2006

Am Dienstag, den 27.06.2006, 18:30 +0200 schrieb Alfred M. Szmidt:
> If you cannot excersise your freedoms due to a technical `restriction'
> (e.g. ROM soldered to the PCB), then what is the point of having
> partial freedom?

That's exactly the point. If I can't have "full freedom" for technical
reasons (and I assume the restriction was done for technical reasons,
and not to deliberately take away my freedom), then I want to have at
least as much freedom as possible. Partial freedom, IMHO, is still
better than no freedom at all.

I could of course refuse to buy any toaster with proprietary software in
it. But as soon as you replace "toaster" by "washing machine", I would
get in serious fights with my wife ;-)

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