Free Software Evangelism, revisited

Ricardo Andere de Mello gandhi at
Fri May 26 20:45:42 UTC 2006

This discussion is getting interesting. ;-)

Steven wrote:

 > Your previous question seems to be based on the assumption that 'for 
profit' and 'for believe' are mutual exclusive. I think they are not. I 
believe in Free Software and still am looking for ways to earn money, 
because I need to. If I could earn money by 'selling' Free Software I 
would consider it a good thing, since I could combine something I need 
to do with something I want to do. But if I would be 'selling' Free 
Software - for whatever reason - and do not believe in or care for the 
philosophy of Free Software then I would be a fake, no evangelist.

Of course that having money and doing what you like is a good thing, and 
that you can have both things, but Im again asking you, if you could 
only choose between a normal job with free software, and a more 
profitable job without free software, what would you choose?

 > In your example about the hero, I think he is by this definition 
"hero:the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem"  :) 
But by this definition: "hero:man distinguished by exceptional courage 
and nobility and strength" I think there is not enough information in 
the example to tell.

My definition: Hero-> someone that saves another person. ;-)

 > Also note that for the person falling it makes no difference. The 
result is the same. This is also true for spreading the word about Free 

Of course that for the people that is falling, it has no difference, but 
does it makes difference for you?

If you say to this person that you grab him just for reflex, that you 
would not do this normally, what would he learn? And if you tell him 
that you grab him because you care to people, what would be the lesson?

[]s, gandhi

Ricardo Andere de Mello
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