FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Posted Nov 10, 2010 21:09 UTC (Wed) by anselm
In reply to: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Parent article: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Maybe we would all be better off if everyone had simply refused to go for Flash when it was new. However it would have been much better for people to avoid Flash because they made the conscious decision that Flash was a proprietary format with lock-in, portability and security issues and as such not worth the trouble, rather than to avoid Flash because they were never told that it even exists. (It would have been helpful to have had a viable free (as in speech) alternative around at the time, but that is neither here nor there.)
The problem with this approach is, of course, that it presupposes that people will actually take the trouble to think this over. It requires educating people to be smart enough to take that decision rather than keeping them ignorant by taking the decision on their behalf and then not telling them about it.
Politics teaches us that it is difficult to get many people to think rationally about important issues, which may explain why the FSF school of software freedom seems to favour the second option. Unfortunately, the Linux community consists to a large extent of fairly savvy people who do not appreciate being patronised, hence this discussion.
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