I ♥ Free Software


see I ♥ Free Software – Valentine's Day 2013 – FSFE.

Amen! For me Free Software is the right way to do IT. Bridging the digital divide, giving opportunity to all everywhere, producing great software at minimum cost and getting the best performance from hardware are all good reasons to love Free Software above and

beyond the terms of the licence:

  • OK to run the software,
  • OK to examine the code,
  • OK to modify the code, and
  • OK to distribute the code modified or not under the same terms.

Love it!

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to I ♥ Free Software

  1. Der Balrog says:

    No, I really mean that it is pathetic: trying to ride shotgun on Valentine’s Day. It reeks of desperation. I think Linus Torvalds actually said it best when he mused about egotism being the foundation of FLOSS.

  2. bw says:


    Not really, it is just a way of getting some satisfaction out of what is a rather obscure form of volunteering. Most volunteers are either involved in public services such as volunteer firemen or county office administration jobs or charitable works such as Meals On Wheels or more intricate jobs like a Elderly Services Ombudsman. Here we have people working to provide some truly useful computer help to otherwise well-off users at no charge.

    The volunteer software programmers’, such as the FSFE appear to be, concern is that such a service is seen more as a curiosity and the sort of thing that makes people suspicious rather than as a generosity as intended. Hence the need to advertise their purpose.

    One very curious aspect is that they do not see it as enough of an outcome to have people simply use what they have wrought. So they focus on the “free to study and modify” aspect, hoping to create some sort of community of like-minded people. The numbers don’t work in their favor, though, as millions or even hundreds of millions of users are unaware and mostly uncaring about where their programs came from and who might have been paid or not to produce them.

  3. Der Balrog says:

    Pathetic. Like most FSF(E) campaigns.

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