[ubuntu-uk] Kodak launch refillable inkjet printers

Daniel Watkins D.M.Watkins at warwick.ac.uk
Wed Feb 14 01:09:39 GMT 2007

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Pat wrote:
> OK Richard Stallman, I'm sure you're not so insensitive as to compare
> the civil rights struggle and suffrage to your preference for Open
> Source software!
In what way would that be insensitive? It would be insensitive to claim
that we were on an equal footing. We're in the same ballpark, we're not
near to playing on the same team.
> Another way of describing your attempt to "attain freedom of software
> for all" is as begging some company to "please give me some software for
> free."
No, it isn't. You have clearly misunderstood what Free software is.

> Bit of a different scale from the civil rights movement there. You have
> no rights at all to driver support from a printer company., Why do you
> think people should just give you stuff?
This coming from "I hate software patents" guy?! I'm not saying people
should give us any more than free access to drivers for hardware, free
access to software we've paid for. We deserve that.

> Trust me - the manufacturers know pretty accurately what the open source
> market is worth. I'm not sure that you do.
Now you're arguing against yourself. First you say that we're too
insignificant for hardware companies to spend any time or money catering
for us and yet, all of a sudden, they have accurate market info on us to
gain which they would have to spend, wait for it, time _and_ money on us.
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