Re(1): There'll always be people who appreciate truly free software
Posted by: Anonymous
on August 04, 2008 08:17 PM
"Speak for yourself, I use the best tool for the job. If the best tool happens to be free so the much the better, but if the free tool can't compare to the proprietary "evil" solution than I use proprietary "evil" software. It has nothing to do with convenience and everything to do with the free tool not providing the functionality that I need."
Well, it depends how much you "need" it. If you are tied into a specific app because of contractual arrangements, file formats demanded by a client, etc., then maybe there isn't much you can do about it. But in many if not most cases, the free app and the proprietary app do almost all of the same things, each adding a few of its own features. Are the extra features in the proprietary app *really* that necessary? Usually not. What we need is for more users to value freedom, and basically adopt the attitude "if it isn't Free, it doesn't exist" as much as possible. Note that I said "as much as possible" - I don't think there is anything wrong with using proprietary software to do a needed job that truly cannot be done with Free software.
I think that freedom *absolutely* is a higher priority than technical excellence. We can certainly take a Free but less functional app and make it better. We cannot take a non-Free but more functional app and make it Free.