Mozilla first, now FSFE?

bzg at bzg at
Sun Mar 25 08:27:30 UTC 2018

Hi Charles,

C. Cossé <ccosse at> writes:

> Bastien, why does OLPC participate in GSoC when Google violates your
> values?

Just to be precise: I'm not from OLPC, I'm from OLPC France, an
independant grassroots.  Also OLPC did not participate to GSoC,
Sugar Labs ( does.

I guess Sugar Labs partipates to the GSoC for the same reasons the
Free Software Foundation does it through the various GNU projects:
it's a way to write and promote free software that comes with no
strings attached.

But we're comparing apples and oranges here...

My whole view on the pragmatists vs purists debate (which I've been
involved in since ~20 years) is this: it's okay to be a "pragmatist"
as long as you don't lose track of your main goal.  The pragmatist's
stance should be transitory and used in a pragmatist way itself...
not defended for itself.

I mean, we're all torn by inconsistencies: having a bank account from
a company doing it The Wrong Way, buying medicines from companies who
just want to make money instead of healing people, eating stuff we
shouldn't really eat, etc.

Those inconsistencies should not prevent us from defending something
else, so I'm glad there are FB users in the free software movement!

But the question is: should a free software INSTITUTION use FB?

While it may be difficult to leave Facebook at the individual level,
I'm sure it is not difficult at all to leave Facebook when you're an

What will FB do: show you picture of the Stallman crying because you
leave FB?


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