Well, it's only natural...
Posted Oct 21, 2010 7:39 UTC (Thu) by khim
In reply to: 25 years of making people who agree with you cringe
Parent article: How not to recognize free hardware
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.
Why it's amusing? It's sad - but it shows the point beautifully. People want to see Flash-sites. That's just fact of life. Small percent of them (odd million or so) want to have free hardware too (I do). Yes, there are few guys who refuse to use Flash and want only free hardware (like RMS and you, I guess) - but there are too few of them to actually sway the manufacturers in any direction. If the choice is to attach "Supports Adobe Flash" label xor "Respects Your Freedom" label the first one will win nine times out of ten and perhaps even ten times out of ten.
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.
Yes, but don't forget that they pay for the development of all these gadgets too.
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.
Sure, but the way to change the situation is not to blindly press ahead. If you want to be heard you need a coalition with some of your opponents who support at least part of your agenda - otherwise manufacturers will just ignore you and your campaign... and will be right.
The goal of manufacturers is to produce profit and "three weirdoes at the back" are not big enough market to think about it.
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