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Posted Feb 1, 2007 14:58 UTC (Thu) by lysse (guest, #3190)
In reply to: gNewSpeak by ldo
Parent article: gNewSense makes sense

"An important part of freedom is the freedom to make your own choices."

That's not actually true - whilst it's impossible to have freedom without choice, it's perfectly possible to have choice without freedom; simply disallow the choice to decline all choices.

Moreover, cause and effect decrees that the choice you make now may have a limiting effect on the choices available to you in the future.

Finally, whenever people talk about choices there seems to be an implicit assumption that all choices must come with exactly the same cost. Life ain't like that; some choices are harder than others, and the choice to decline all choices is frequently the hardest of all (consider the effort involved in a completely self-sufficient lifestyle, for example).

So whilst you're wittering on about "choices", you might care to consider that nothing in gNewSense will stop you from replacing it piecemeal with as much non-FOSS as you can find.

It'll just be *less easy*.

That's only a limitation of choice in the same way as Pizza Hut limit your choice by not serving hamburgers; do you complain to them that they're eroding your freedom by circumscribing your choice? No, of course not, because it would be silly.

It's equally silly here. So stop it.


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Posted Feb 8, 2007 23:05 UTC (Thu) by john_garbuio (guest, #43245) [Link]

"...and the choice to decline all choices is frequently the hardest of all (consider the effort involved in a completely self-sufficient lifestyle, for example)."

Thanks for mentioning this; there is a subtlety to this point that is often missed both in "free software" related discussions and in other political discussions.


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