[PLUG] Free Softwares for School
devendralaulkar at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 8 04:30:16 PDT 2007
--- Roshan <d_rosh2001 at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
> Piracy is a term that many are familiar with,
> especially people in Indian cities. I need not tell
> you the causes and the problems caused from it.
> are two ways to it. Either use free software or Free
> Software. Note the distinction I use.
I don't understand the connection to piracy at all.
At the risk of sounding like a zealot I am going to
say this :-
There is no difference between free software & Free
Software (esp in a LUG mailing list)
Both of them refer to "Free Software" as defined by
Then of course, there is other kind of software called
as "freeware" or "shareware".
> It is not difficult for people to migrate to a Free
> completely. But there are a lot of factors that one
> has to consider. Apart from that, not all hardware
> that a user buys has open specification or drivers
> whose source code is available. Somewhere or the
> other, there are blocks of non-free code. Perhaps,
> BIOS that one uses (if in a EEPROM) in a laptop, is
> non-free and an alternative called Linux BIOS is on
> its way to be tested under few motherboards.
We are not discussing full scale migration or drivers
or EEPROM or BIOS or even having a fully free system.
Where has migration come into the picture ?
The Windows part is not bothering me(Well its
bothering me, but not to the extent of starting a
> > And then you claim to believe in Free Software &
> > associated with FSF. This is sacrilege !!
> The reason I believe in Free Software is precisely
> because of the four freedoms offered. As far as I
> recall, I have been able to follow only Freedom 0
> Freedom 2.
> The point that I'm trying to make is, there's still
> a long way to go. There are several steps that has
> be taken in order to ensure a smooth transition.
Again, I have absolutely no idea where migration & the
"long way to go" has come into the picture.
All I am saying is that you are an FSF fellow, you
believe in their goals, you have read about what "Free
Software" means. Don't promote proprietary software
Pinpoint customers who are looking for what you sell.
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