[UPHPU] open source software and freedom (was: Zend Studio)

Wade Preston Shearer lists at wadeshearer.com
Fri Jun 3 16:08:31 MDT 2005


> That is the mentality that is preventing much of the world from  
> maintaining these freedoms.  I do have these freedoms if I choose  
> Free Software.  I have a huge library of software to choose from.
>
> The biggest problem is people who *consciously decide* to give up  
> their freedoms.  The FSF is a great organization trying to teach  
> people about this horrible problem.  There are alternatives you can  
> choose.  Why would anyone want to *choose* to give up their  
> freedoms?  Are you willing to conciously decide to give up your  
> freedom of speech?  Of course not.  Why would you?
>
> Closed source software is harmful on many points.
> 1. It supports freedom thieves.
> 2. Using it promotes ignorance of these freedoms in others.
> 3. It obstructs the progress of technology.
> 4. It prevents you from helping your neighbor.
> 5. etc.
>
> Free Software doesn't have to be free of cost[2].

Do you believe that everything should be free? or just software?
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