Proprietary software considered less useful
Posted Jul 5, 2012 17:34 UTC (Thu) by man_ls
In reply to: Proprietary software considered less useful
Parent article: Zacchiroli: working with FSF on Debian Free-ness assessment
That means that proprietary software can be harmful to some users -- who don't even have access to said proprietary software. However those users do have the motivation to write a free replacement... Not that I deny that effect, but it is, you will agree, a long shot.
I would even prefer the moral argument: proprietary software is harmful to the hearts and minds of users who accept the state of affairs.
But I think it is enough to say that proprietary software is less useful than free software, and work from there. Being a card-carrying member of the FSFE and a long-time Debian user, I like Debian's stance, although I would welcome a large, dire warning about nonfree repos.
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