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Re: A possible approach in "solving" the FDL problem

Stephen Ryan wrote:

Unfortunately we do not live in the ideal world.

Freedom has a value because it is convenient and useful to be free.


You have taken the one sacred cow in the entire place here, and have
suggested that it is merely a convenience, and that we should have a
barbecue next Friday afternoon.  "Free enough" -- them's fightin'

I feel that GPL will be offered next in sacrifice to the sacred cow. Of course, GPL is not *absolutely* free!

> You have also suggested that market share or wider distribution is a

Sorry, it was not suggested. This is the way, how it works.


> What you have missed is that freedom is easily traded away, but only

The freedom can be traded. That is important point.

> gotten with blood, sweat, and tears.  Those who have paid for their

You can buy a bit freedom for money, or you can fight for freedom(blood), if you have not enough money or nobody wants to sell it to you. You can also work (sweat) to get freedom.

> freedom in sweat are far less likely to give it away as freely as you
> wish to.

I didn't say freely. It is a deal. You give something and you get something. You give away your work(sweat) and you get freedom or money.
You give away your freedom and you get something useful in exchange.

*I* think you have the wrong number.

I'm afraid you are confusing the aim and means. Freedom (especially related to software) belongs to means. Freedom helps to get to the aim.
Best regards, Sergey Spiridonov

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