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[Discuss] Why use Linux?

John Abreau wrote:
> Developers are themselves users. Saying that freedom is "only" for users
> is the same as saying freedom is restricted "only" to everybody.  The

The issue isn't the use of the word "only". It's the use of the words 
"free" and "freedom". Like I wrote before, the FSF's definitions of 
"free" and "freedom" are weighted towards end users (as in "users like 
me who are not themselves developers") and against developers (as in 
"users like Tivo and Google who are primarily developers"). The GPL has 
always favored end users over developers. The onus of supporting 
software freedom according the FSF's definition has always rested on 
developers with end users getting a free ride should they choose to take it.

Rich P.

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