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

Roland Häder roland at
Thu Jun 22 19:31:07 UTC 2017

On 06/22/2017 08:51 PM, Mirko Boehm - FSFE wrote:
> [--- CUT ---]
> Based on this, I would argue that FSFE needs to be present on
> proprietary platforms to be able to achieve the second part of it’s mission.

There is an idea circulating in the fediverse about writing a free-libre
open source "youtube" ([s]of course, with an other name which I don't
want to name here to not fuel domain sharks[/s] na, they already took
the .org domain ... :-( ). But it remains only like that, no actual
development took place after that. Mostly because of low human-resources
(hackers willing to write it).

If the FSFE could put their resources more into such projets, it would
be more helpful than setting linkings to Youtube, Facebook, Linked-In,
Instagram (FB again) and all of these high-walled coorporate "networks"
(not really a network, compared to GNUSocial/Friendica).

But what now? There is no FLOSS-Youtube (you should not name it that
way) and nobody seem to have enough time to do it?

Just my 2 cents. :-)


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