3rd Fellowship Raffle to attract more Fellows

Georg C. F. Greve greve at fsfeurope.org
Wed Mar 14 13:49:25 UTC 2007

 || On Wed, 14 Mar 2007 13:49:35 +0100 (CET)
 || "Alfred M. Szmidt" <ams at gnu.org> wrote: 

 ams> It is _very_ different, a notebook works without non-free
 ams> software.  These devices do not.

Exactly. You explained very well why the situations are different.

Notebooks now work with Free Software after people got them while Free
Software was not running on them and made Free Software run.

Embedded devices are behind in terms of freedom compared to notebooks.

 ams> That is exactly what people are being told right now with the
 ams> FSFE distributing this device to fellows.

Getting your hands on hardware that you want to run Free Software on,
even if you have to buy these devices, is the only practical way to
get Free Software to run on them.

 ams> But giving them away you are indeed recommending them, a message
 ams> stating that you are not does not change the fact.

What you state as fact is an allegation based on disregard of stated
intention. But intention is central for recommendations, and the
recommendation here is very clearly and expressedly that these devices
should *not* be seen as devices that are good enough.

So what you may have meant to say is that FSFE is setting a bad
example if it passes on hardware to people who want to set it free.


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