Request for comments
Posted Mar 2, 2010 16:23 UTC (Tue) by pboddie
In reply to: Request for comments
Parent article: Linux-2.6.33-libre released
Those who "want to run only Free Software" are a minority.
Maybe I'm part of that minority, then, but maybe I'm just more aware (through experience) of the pitfalls of relying on proprietary software. And given that the majority have probably not considered such issues or regard them as peripheral - being able to run a program to do something now, but to not consider what they might need to use when they next need to perform the same task - it isn't really an informed majority who are involved here.
BTW: I suppose you don't use a computer with non-free BIOS. Likewise a phone with a non-free GSM stack. Or a disk controller that uses proprietary firmware (such as the one in most DOKs).
Yet people do care about these things. For example, one motivation for a free BIOS has been that of ensuring reliability: a "pragmatic" reason, to drop the magic word of people who belittle the efforts of anything to do with "freedom". And to continue your argument, one could equally observe that most computers already come with Windows installed and that everything seems to work, and then ask why anyone would need to change this.
As with many aspects of modern life, one does have to ask whether people should be preoccupied with where their software comes from, just as they might wonder where their food, water, power, gadgets (and so on) come from. When someone offers alternatives in these areas, there may well be people whose observations amount to a cry of "nobody cares!", but then you have to question what the motivations of such detractors are, because "nobody cares!" is generally not the truth and certainly isn't an adequate response.
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