Free Software is all about competition. Free Software is software that allows anyone to
- modify, and
- distribute software
A market containing Free Software cannot get any more competitive than that. Anyone can use and produce Free Software. Anyone can get into the business of creating, distributing and supporting Free Software or creating systems using it.
Free Software Foundation Europe wrote,
“Suggesting that the distribution of Free Software free of charge is harmful to competition is both wrong in substance, and dangerous to competition and innovation.”
That’s from a letter to the powers that be in Europe in response to stories that M$ and “partners” are claiming Free Software (e.g. Android/Linux) is unfair competition. When these jokers claim that more efficient cooperative production and distribution of software is unfair to inefficient and restrictive distribution of software, it is time to give them a slap.
Anticompetition laws are not about excluding the little guy from the market but about including everyone. Free Software is a powerful tool to do that because the cost of entry is so low, just making a copy. Because M$ and others have vested interests in keeping the price of IT high in order to hide their outrageous margins is no reason to restrict Free Software.