Fwd: Freedom or Copyright? - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 20:29:42 UTC 2008

and again to list.

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From: David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com>
Date: 11 Feb 2008 20:29
Subject: Re: Freedom or Copyright? - GNU Project - Free Software
Foundation (FSF)
To: Matthias-Christian Ott <ott at enolink.de>

On 11/02/2008, Matthias-Christian Ott <ott at enolink.de> wrote:
> "David Gerard" <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> > Er, what? Both are growing in the market, not just in a small world of
> > predefined terms.

> Come on, loot at it seriously - from the perspective of the average Joe.
> He doesn't know what Wikipedia or Free Software is, he just knows that
> Wikipedia is his first entry on his google search page.
> Do you think he has realised the philosophical dimensions of Wikipedia
> or Free Software and believes in it?

No, and that's not what the original says either. But nevertheless,
out-cooperating is their particular method of out-competing. Wikipedia
never set out to out-compete Britannica, it just did. (Wikipedia's
goal is *not* to run a hideously popular and expensive website ...)
Linux is not out to destroy Microsoft, that will be a completely
unintentional side-effect. The end results are sufficient, the
philosophical reasons are only useful if you want to understand the
truck that just ran over your business.

- d.

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