Re: Stormy's update: Week of July 13th
- From: Richard Stallman <rms gnu org>
- To: Luis Villa <luis tieguy org>
- Cc: stormy gnome org, foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Stormy's update: Week of July 13th
- Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 21:42:35 -0400
GNOME can't exist in a cultural vacuum. We should do
everything we can to work against DRM, to support sources of Free
culture, and to educate users about Free culture, DRM, and
non-patent-encumbered media formats. But we also have to make
compromises sometimes, so that users of our desktop can still access
and interact with the broader culture they live in.
I am not suggesting that GNOME should exist in a cultural vacuum,
merely that it should refrain from promoting Amazon. Amazon might
wish to be the only gateway to culture, but it isn't.
Some compromises are necessary; and many others are useful and
harmless. Others undermine the moral foundation of what we are doing.
(See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/compromise.html.) This is one of
the latter. To promote a company which the FSF is asking people to
protest is a particularly bad kind of compromise.
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