Re: [linux-audio-dev] Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Where do *you* stand?

From: David Kastrup <dak@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Tue Feb 21 2006 - 00:41:43 EET

fons adriaensen <fons.adriaensen@email-addr-hidden> writes:

> On Mon, Feb 20, 2006 at 11:01:10PM +0100, David Kastrup wrote:
>> Lee Revell <> writes:
>> > By this logic, locking my doors is immoral because it diminishes
>> > people's freedom to roam around my house.
>> Those people have not paid for access to your house. Purchasers of
>> proprietary software _have_ paid for access to the software.
> They have paid for a license to use it, and for nothing else.

Well, then they might have some expectation to be able to use it, no?
Without the ability to adapt the software to different devices or
applications, or fix errors (or pay someone to do that), the software
is crippled in its usefulness.

When buying electronic appliances, at one time you could rely on the
schematics being in the inside. That meant you could make full use of
the appliance, adapt it to different problems (using a radio as a
guitar amplifier), repair it and keep it in working order, and you
could take it to service men of your choice to have it adapted or

That's basically what workmanship is about: offering the best to the
customer to make use of.

Just 20 years ago, it was customary to provide computer purchasers or
service people with schematics, BIOS listings and similar stuff
(partly on request and for payment). Now it is trade secret this,
closed source that, not for your eyes this.

It is annoying. If I want a Porsche engine in a VW bug, I can buy the
parts and all relevant service manuals and plans, and put a mechanic
to work.

If I want Excel running on GNU/Linux, I can just shoot myself. I am
not paying for such crippled software. If that means that I have to
do with less sophisticated free software, so be it. It is a price to
pay, but at least it keeps me in control and power and responsibility.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
Received on Sun Feb 26 20:17:30 2006

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