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Re: The Spirit of Free Software, or The Reality

Octavio Alvarez has written:

> That could be the reason behind your analogy with communism, which turns out to be out of bounds. The Free Software community is  > not against trade or capitalism at all. Maybe some individuals do, but that's another story. In fact, Free Software is legally based on      > Copyright law.

When I compared free software to communism I did not mean anything wrong about it so I apologize if that insulted anybody. I realize the word has a very negative "shade" for many people. What I had in mind were the principles that stood at the beginning of communism - not the twisted "implementations" that we could - and still can - see in some countries. Namely it is:

1) Cooperation of many on a common goal/product
2) Free distribution of the product to anyone (sometimes only inside the community but not always as is the case with debian)

Communism can work in some instances - take a look at monasteries for example - often they are examples of a working communism, but that is relatively small scale. I just wanted to point out that this never worked on a LARGE scale, at least when the community is also supposed to reversely support all its contributors - because their life might depend on it.


On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 8:10 AM, Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> wrote:
On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 7:35 AM, Michael Gilbert wrote:

> #786909 was absolutely not acceptable, and was treated as such.
> Social contract #1 remains in effect and will continue to do so in
> spite of day to day bugs that violate its spirit.

It might be interesting to think about ways we can automatically
discover such problems in future.

lintian has privacy checks but this kind of problem doesn't seem
statically detectable to me.

Perhaps we could run everything in $PATH in virtual machines and log
all network beyond localhost.



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