3rd Fellowship Raffle to attract more Fellows

Yavor Doganov yavor at gnu.org
Tue Mar 13 19:58:44 UTC 2007

Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
> Then the only right thing to do is to not recommend any device [...]

I agree.  Also, writing free applications for non-free platforms is
not a useful activity (the result is making these platforms more
attractive to users).  The right thing to do is writing replacements
in order to make these platforms/devices truly free.

> When the GNU project was started, there was no free software; one had
> no choice other than non-free sofyware.

Even in those unfortunate times, the GNU Project has never recommended
nor distributed (as a "prize" or not) computers (or software) that run
a proprietary Unix variant + free GNU components.  Doing so would
totally undermine the goals of the whole movement.  There was never a
contest "Donate $n to the FSF and you'll get a SunOS box with GCC and
Emacs you could tinker with"

I fear that the valid and worthwile goal of raising funds for FSFE's
activities is being compromised in a similar manner as is done in many
other areas -- for example, people tend to promote not entirely free
GNU/Linux distros because they "help" introducing new users to our
community (i.e. a step back from freedom with the hope of popularity
and "more freedom" in the future).  This path leads to exactly the
opposite outcome and I'm really shocked that namely FSF Europe has
chosen to follow it.

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