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Unworkable request

Unworkable request

Posted Aug 5, 2010 10:31 UTC (Thu) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183)
In reply to: Unworkable request by BrucePerens
Parent article: Balancing accessibility and software freedom

> What Mr. Johansson seems to be requesting is to put mostly passive users on Dragon and Free Software, and then transition them to a bleeding-edge Free speech recognition system when it's ready.
So you are saying RMS is saying that it is better to stay on full proprietary than to pull proprietary bits into a free stack, in order to avoid making ambiguous statements?

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Unworkable request

Posted Aug 6, 2010 7:49 UTC (Fri) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582) [Link]

RMS is not saying "it is better to stay on full proprietary". But many users have no choice. If he will not allow proprietary bits in a free stack to make that stack usable by blind (or otherwise disabled) users, and if no other free or partially-free choices exist, then those users will be forced to use an entirely-proprietary platform (which very likely is built on Windows). Therefore they are less likely to switch to a free set-up when it becomes available. That is not RMS's stated goal, but it is the practical result of his dogmatism.

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