Re: GNOME: lack of strategic roadmap
- From: Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <rms 1407 org>
- To: foundation-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: GNOME: lack of strategic roadmap
- Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 13:55:41 +0000
Em 24-02-2010 10:16, Dave Neary escreveu:
> Richard Stallman wrote:
>> Software freedom is a means to furthering our vision of providing
>> technology to all, regardless of means, physical and technical
>> capability or culture.
>> Freedom can lead to more available technology, but it is vital in its
>> own right. It is little benefit to have technology available
>> if the price of using it is your freedom. That is why we write
>> free replacements for existing proprietary software.
> To draw a parallel with slavery (hyperbole, I know, but humour me): Is
> it enough to say "you're free now" for a society to be just? Is the goal
> of freedom for all a sufficient vision, especially when that goal is
> (more or less) accomplished today? Freedom from slavery is a means to an
> end, the "end" being a just society with no racial discrimination and
> equal opportunity for all.
Freedom is "a mean" means that it could be replaced by "another mean",
which means that you'd have a society that "is" just if you consider
freedom an injustice.
Since freedom is quite the opposite of an injustice, then said society
simply can't be considered just.
As a consequence, a society needs to include Freedom in order to be
Corolary: freedom is a cornerstone mean for a "just society"
> If a computer user can be free, but will end up with an inferior
> computing environment because of it, he may welcome returning to a
> proprietary environment, as many Mac OS X users & free software
> developers have.
Every day I look at a Nokia N900 I feel exactly like that, tempted to
return to a proprietary environment because it has a way superior
computing environment than my OpenMoko Neo Freerunner.
I have been strong, fortunately. Even though this phone is not 100%
free, it's the next best thing for a free phone (or tracking device).
> I'm just saying, that while user freedom is vital, it is insufficient as
> a vision for the GNOME project.
Assuming (which I doubt) that it is insufficient, "open access" is way
more undefined and subject to conclusions which frequently lead to "no
freedom", so I don't view it as an interesting definition.
Perhaps this can be a middle ground: "a superior computing environment
that gives you full freedom".
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