Free software users cannot be all developers anymore, was: GPL version 4

M. Fioretti mfioretti at
Sat Jul 19 08:14:00 UTC 2008

On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 08:34:33 AM +0200, Mario Vukelic wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-07-16 at 17:41 -0400, Valdis.Kletnieks at wrote:
> > In Richard Stallman's world view,
> > it isn't the user's freedoms that matter, it's the *software*s
> > freedom.
> Wrong.
> "Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy,
> distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it
> refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software"
Sure, but that proposal, like the GNU Manifesto and other papers, is
based on the implicit assumption that all software users are also
developers/ contributors of that same software, that they WANT to be
so, that it _must_ be so. This *may* have been true in the 80's (1),
but continuing to believe so and to propose today such a world in
order to spread FOSS may be a great mistake. I've written more on this

feedback (even privately) is always welcome, of course.


(1) then again, maybe not, see the excerpt from the S. Wozniak
interview in Thing #5 of

Your own civil rights and the quality of your own life heavily depend on
how software is used *around* you:     

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