Posted by: Anonymous
on February 04, 2008 09:40 AM
To the anonymous critic of Free software-
Without the ideology, without the GPL, do you really think there would be a usable Free and/or open source operating system today? I don't think so. We should constantly strive towards that ideological goal, otherwise human nature and the proprietary model will win. In an ideal world, the GPL would not be necessary, and indeed in the early days of computing it wasn't. This isn't an ideal world however.
I'd also like to point out that your use of the word 'zealot' is politically charged. By using it you are attempting to marginalise those who hold a position based (in my own case) on taking the argument to its logical conclusion. My point of view is equally as valid as yours.
that's not to say I'm not forced myself to make compromises. I use Ubuntu Studio most of the time, I find Gobuntu does 95% of what I ask from it, and when I next upgrade my hardware iIwill be doing so with an eye to making it Gobuntu friendlier. I also listen to MP3s and watch the odd DVD.