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