What is wrong with free software zealots?

February 29, 2008 at 12:12 PM | categories: python, oldblog | View Comments

Now they think they have the right to dictate to me what software I get to choose to run? cf in italics
On Thursday 28 February 2008 15:58:08 Dave Crossland wrote:
>  Even if I choose to use a proprietary program on a open source operating
>  system. Sorry, I'm not wrong,

Sorry, you agree not to share with me, which is wrong.

Sorry Dave, you're wrong. It's perfectly fine. It is preferable to be able to share, but in no way is it wrong to legally buy a copy of something copyrighted and choose to use it according to its license.

If you, like Dave, view it acceptable to tell me what software I can or cannot choose to run, please don't. Being told to go away and push your politics on someone else very often offends. (I'm not sure why they get offended - they're the ones with the offensive behaviour). I make my choice of what to use from the full range of software that's (legally) available to me thank you very much. If you want to restrict my freedom to do so, stay away from me, you're not welcome.

Incidentally, it's attitudes like Dave's that have pushed me further and further away from free software advocates over the years. If you're willing to respect my right to choose from all available software, then you'll probably find we have a lot in common. Advocates fine. Zealots who don't know where the boundaries are? Stay away.

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