Richard Stallman's new article: Overcoming Social Inertia

Matthias-Christian Ott ott at
Thu Nov 8 21:43:53 UTC 2007

Michael Kallas <mkallas at> wrote:

> I'm staring at the flyer of an event at which I'll man a booth, this
> Saturday. They have five reasons for using Linux (no mentioning of GNU
> in that):
> - Linux saves money
> - Linux is comprehensive
> - Linux is easy to install
> - Linux saves ressources
> - Linux is secure
> Below that is the flute playing GNU with "Free as in Freedom".
> So, we have all the open-source-advocate points - which are explained
> (shortly, this is a flyer) and the slogan "Free as in Freedom" -
> unconnected, unexplained.

Actually it is an abuse of this slogan. You could also interpret it as
indignity towards free software. They connect their arguments to free
software and thus they say that they are philosophical background of free
In the next revision the slogan should be removed.

> I think we need to show again and again hat Freedom is central and
> all the other points (which may or may not be true) are other benefits
> of valueing one's freedom.

Yes, we definitively should do that. Everything else would be a mistake
(as I explained earlier).

Matthias-Christian Ott

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