[FSFE PR][EN] Stabilisers for freedom: Wine 1.0

Free Software Foundation Europe press at fsfeurope.org
Wed Jun 18 16:03:16 CEST 2008

Stabilisers for freedom: Wine 1.0

Companies willing to migrate to Free Software sometimes face the problem
that certain applications they use for their daily work were written in
a way that makes them dependent on a specific operating system.

These programs undermine the the entrepreneurial freedom of any business
to freely chose their hardware and operating system. Not only does this
pose a threat to fair competition, but it is also harmful to the
individual company as replacing those applications with Free Software
cannot usually be done over night.

Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) acknowledges the importance of
the work being done by the Wine developers, whose efforts help many
users to migrate to Free Software.

Matthias Kirschner on the topic: "It's the same support that training
wheels provide when learning to ride a bicycle, they take away the fear
and help the children to learn to ride by themselves - Just as Wine
'balances' the burden proprietary software puts upon its user."

"Of course, it should be in the users interest to 'ride their bicycles
independently', i.e. not having to rely on training wheels. However, the
training wheels keep children from falling and give freedom to both the
children and their parents. Likewise Wine helped to give freedom and
security to the users. It is for this we are thankful and we recognise
their work."

About the Free Software Foundation Europe

    The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a non-profit
    non-governmental organisation active in many European countries and
    involved in many global activities. Access to software determines
    participation in a digital society. To secure equal participation in
    the information age, as well as freedom of competition, the Free
    Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) pursues and is dedicated to the
    furthering of Free Software, defined by the freedoms to use, study,
    modify and copy. Founded in 2001, creating awareness for these
    issues, securing Free Software politically and legally, and giving
    people Freedom by supporting development of Free Software are
    central issues of the FSFE.


About Open Standards

    Lock-in of data is one of the most common techniques to artificially
    raise the cost of migration to Free Software. Ensuring the best
    possible interoperability through Open Standards is essential in
    enabling users to escape vendor lock-in. FSFE's work on Open
    Standards has the goal of making sure that people do not have to
    lose all their data when migrating to Free Software.


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