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When "Free Software" companies don't support Free Software

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I think a difference between what it means to be a Free Software supporter and a Free Software exploiter should be getting crystal clear. And sorry this does even further outline the real ugliness of the self-defeating "Open Source" way of thinking. The contrast between the two is also what gets my anger when I see people (who probably have no idea what they're talking about) dismiss real Free Software supporters as not in touch with the real world.

If you want a last nail to the point of there being a very severe distinction between real Free Software support and its mere exploitation then here is one on Firefox's case: Operation Firefox. If you still can't see what's wrong here then maybe few simple words by Gavin Baker may point you in the right direction, as he asks: Why is Mozilla selling out free software?

Mozilla, in its yet another viral marketing campaign goes a step further in inducing people to participate in its marketing, only this time in a direction which should hurt every real Free Software supporter. With all Dells being sold with GNU/Linux, not to mention many other computer vendors as well, Mozilla is going to "reward" people with an Apple Macbook Pro or a Nintendo Wii.. Now.. the only thing that can compare to the efficiency of depriving user from control over his own computing that Windows Vista employs is Apple's whole golden cage! But Mozilla doesn't appear to care.

And this is just one example, no doubt, but an eye opening one. The time has come that we just can't look at the popularity of certain Free Software as an indicator of Free Software movement's success. We have to look at who is behind the market share and what exactly is the driving force behind the people who achieved it. The rule of elimination is simple: Do they really care about freedom or is it all about domination?

Now I may be an Ubuntu user and as such personally accept having to remove the restricted components if I wish to have a pure system, but I know where I stand and I know the implications of what I'm doing. As such I can easily make informed choices. But when masses are switched over to "Open Source" software just to end up smacking us upside our mouth for being mouthful "Free Software purists", I'll be among the ones who will feel offended and disillusioned.

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It would be much more fun if

It would be much more fun if illegal and dangerous actions to place the sticker were allowed. I'd love to do to some Mission Impossible action to place some funky sticker somewhere where it'll be removed 10 minutes after I vanished. ;-)

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Well I'd say they are

Well I'd say they are pushing it to the limits, in a way asking for trouble.. all in the name of raising more buzz around Firefox. It is just unfortunate that the reward for it is so inappropriate and contradictory. In essence, to the general public Firefox is not being presented as anything better than freeware. I think I'll be switching to IceWeasel.

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I'm anyway using Konqueror

I'm anyway using Konqueror already since KDE2, so I don't even need to consider switching away. Firefox I mostly use for testing of websites, or also it's used by my wife to watch YouTube because that stupid Flash-plugin is only 32-bit and therefor doesn't run in Konqueror...
And on Windows I think Firefox is probably still the best option. But when do I see Windows anyway? If I do at home it's for playing, and at work I use my notebook with Fedora. :-)

But just for the thrill this would be something really really cool, if dangerous stuff would be permitted...
In Germany I'd know a few cool locations for that...
Also here, but security here mostly seems pretty tight.

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This does give an idea for a

This does give an idea for a similar campaign, but for promoting "Freedomware" and pointing to an excellent starting web site for it like GetGNULinux.org. Smiling

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Driving on I-66 to pick my

Driving on I-66 to pick my wife up I saw a series of banners hung from the pedestrian walkways... In this case they were urging people to support Tyson's Tunnel, which was a proposal to build an underground tunnel for the trains and to expand the highway where the train currently is (between two lanes of highway).

That actually got me thinking about doing something similar to promote an idea I had at the time for the Dulles Free Software Users Group... Something I simply don't have time to do but somethign I gave some serious though.

The point... This kind of marketing is effective.

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libervisco wrote: Mozilla,
libervisco wrote:

Mozilla, in its yet another viral marketing campaign goes a step further in inducing people to participate in its marketing, only this time in a direction which should hurt every real Free Software supporter.

With all due respect... I TOLD YOU! You one labeled me as the ultimate "Debian Supporter" because I am fond of the DFSG, the same set of guidelines that long ago considered Firefox to be non-free for their use of trademarks to impact code changes. For me, seeing Mozilla "award" a restrictive OS on a restrictive hardware platform comes as no surprise.

I have to say, Firefox was the first "Open Source" application I ever heard about, a friend's recommendation to try it was actually what pulled me head first into Free Software. I don't think I've ever once sat down and actually thought of Firefox AS a Free Software application. The distinction here is ONLY in how I view them, but I also see Linux as "Open Source" that also happens to be Free Software - that distinction is VERY strong in my mind because I have no confidance at ALL that the aims of Freedom will be factored into decisions impacting it.

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