25 years of making people who agree with you cringe
Posted Oct 21, 2010 6:09 UTC (Thu) by madhatter
In reply to: 25 years of making people who agree with you cringe
Parent article: How not to recognize free hardware
But if the application installer lists a popular proprietary Flash plugin or network telephony application, it may be deemed to be "steering users" toward non-free code.
I found it slightly amusing that in criticising this as "what level of crazy", you point to a reference that I can only access with Adobe flash installed.
For me, that makes the FSF's point. All those end-users who "just want things to work", and click through unacceptable end-user licences they don't even read in order to make them work, are causing those of us who want to be free significant problems. Most of the pressure on producers to do things properly goes away, as only the two or three weirdoes at the back (which includes me) are left objecting.
That's my problem, for wanting to be free, I guess. But while I don't expect Adobe to fight my corner, I do expect the FSF to fight it. I'm glad they continue to do that, whether or not it makes the "marque" less useful to all those other users who are happy to install not-really-free software just to make things work.
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