Using non-free software is morally wrong?

Benjamin Mako Hill and Gnome’s Luis Villa claim that most people don’t realize that non-Free software is morally wrong.

Hear, hear: “using non-free software is morally wrong”. What a whole load of crap. Oh, excuse ME, for not sharing this madness and only use the best tool for the job each time (Free or not).

Well, I hope Luis and Mako use their feet next time to go to work instead of taking the bus or their car. The buses contain proprietary technologies and maybe patents, plus they cost money via taxes or tickets.

So my husband and a few million other engineers are immoral people for writing closed source software for a living (effectively, this is what Luis’ argument naturally implies)? Oh, a question for Luis: is your BIOS open source too? Or, do you have a mobile phone? If yes, then chances are you are running my husband’s mobile web browser and framework on it (his company has 53% global market share of all feature-phones). So, does that make you immoral too for using it? Because if you are using it, then you don’t have the right to call all the rest of us immoral because you are immoral yourself too. Come to think about it, how you DARE to have the AUDACITY to tell people that using non-free software is “morally wrong” without even giving reasons why it is so (in all my years online I have never read a compelling reason as of yet, not even Stallman’s arguments which are filled with fanatically stupid absolutetism).

Luis is right on one thing though. To successfully compete with Windows and OSX, Free Software must become BETTER than these offerings (not equally good, that’s not enough to switch people, but BETTER).

And making something BETTER, is SO much work, that RMS had to invent his own morality code. Sorry, but I don’t share it and I’ll never will. And 99% of the globe seems to fully agree with me too.

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