[OT] Free Office suite for Linux and Windows

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 10 11:03:26 EST 2013

On 10/12/13 17:55, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Richmond wrote:
>> Where I take issue with Stallman is not with his theory of how the world
>> should be, and how copyright is, on the whole,
>> counter-creative; but in that by using the word "free" in the way he
>> does, people may be mislead into thinking he means "free"
>> in the way it is normally used by us naive realists.
> Except those who read dictionaries like this one, where the first 
> several definitions of "free" relate to "freedom", and you have to 
> scroll down to the middle of the page to find a 9th definition that 
> discusses cost:
> <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/free>
> It's only a capitalist preoccupation that reduces everything to price.

It is not "only" a capitalistic preoccupation. All supposedly socialist 
systems that have existed have been preoccupied with value; not on the 
individual level because socialism pretends to despise individuals, but 
on a more macro level.

Also, wherever you live, under whatever regime, if you don't manage to 
have some bread and cheese on the table at the end of the week most 
things will come down to price.

Open Source is not ant-capitalistic; it is just selling services rather 
than goods.

> But really, none of this matters much, nor is it likely to change. 
> Anyone listening to Stallman knows what he means, many don't listen to 
> him at all, and most lay people don't even know who he is, even though 
> most people benefit from his work given the ubiquity of GNU Linux on 
> most of the systems they use when they browse the Web, trade stocks, 
> use a wifi router, and hundreds of other such cases every day.
> -- 
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