Okular is doing the right thing. NOT.
Posted Jun 2, 2009 15:17 UTC (Tue) by GreyWizard
In reply to: Okular is doing the right thing. NOT.
Parent article: Okular, Debian, and copy restrictions
Fair use doesn't mean it has to be convenient for you.
True, but the fact that the program is free software does. I expect a PDF viewer that I run on hardware I lawfully own to obey my instructions unconditionally, regardless of any "specifications" to the contrary. If I were willing to let other people decide what my computer does I would run Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
If your organization needs to restrict printing on its workstations and you feel that implementing that restriction in the PDF viewers installed on workstations it owns is the best solution I have no objection. Go ahead and install a modified package tailored to the needs of medical device manufacturers. If there is no such thing then modify the settings yourself.
Maybe an option for locking things down in this way does belong in a general purpose distribution like Debian. But if so it certainly must be off by default. Don't expect me to accept restrictions that are of no value to me. That's now how free software works.
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