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

André Ockers ao at
Fri Jun 23 16:18:12 UTC 2017

Dear Fellows/FS Supporters,

I wouldn't choose to do it.IMHO:

1.	Practice what you preach: FSFE will have to agree with terms it doesn't 
wholeheartily agree with;
2.	Security: FSFE's data end up in other people's computers and will be 
analyzed, by people who are probably not allies;
3.	Avoid being played: FSFE probably will end up accepting proprietary 
JavaScript, altough FSF explains how to avoid this trap;
4.	Effectiveness of limited FSFE resources: it's not realistic the majority 
is now ready and willing to be informed with or agrees with FS (the marketing 
power of the proprietary software sector is just enormous);
5.	There's a learning curve for FS, people with determination will find FSFE 
themselves. With e.g. a MediaGoblin instance FSFE can host its own video's and 
explain the steps to software freedom.

Best regards,
André Ockers
Fellow, Free Software Foundation Europe

ao at
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