Re: Thanks, and a Brief Survey

On Sun, 2010-01-17 at 22:52 +0000, Ciaran O'Riordan wrote:


> The last few mails in this thread suggest that people are happy with this
> aspect of GNOME's philosophy.  So it's something worth maintaining.  How do
> we ensure that newcomers see the philosophy and the reasons for avoiding or
> rewriting non-free/non-open-source software?

> Using the term "free software" helps because it leads people to make a
> connection with a philosophy that answers exactly that question. Other
> helpful measures can include more prominently displaying the fact that GNOME
> insists on freedom, and explanations of why software freedom is valuable.

As the GNOME community's values have a strong ethical ground, I question
the necessity of the FSF's philosophical help.

I believe the insinuation that we do is misplaced.


Philip Van Hoof, freelance software developer
home: me at pvanhoof dot be 
gnome: pvanhoof at gnome dot org

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