Is it acceptable to use proprietary software (platforms) to promote software freedom?

Paul Boddie paul at
Wed Jun 21 15:41:15 UTC 2017

On Wednesday 21. June 2017 17.20.05 Federico Bruni wrote:
 being dangerous or controversial at all.
> I commented that we cannot expect real free speech in a walled garden
> and these events should encourage video bloggers to start using
> alternative platforms. He replied that there's no big audience in
> alternative platforms, so he cannot migrate until an alternative
> platform reaches the "critical mass".

The trouble with such people is that they stop whining when they get what they 
want once again. Indeed, you get the impression now that people are usually 
aiming to make just enough fuss to get what they personally want (usually on 
Twitter or other public shaming service), and then they are quite happy to 
forget their principles and take the money when effectively paid to keep 

That they also won't act on their principles, instead waiting for the red 
carpet from where they are now to where they ought to be, is hardly a 


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