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Re: Stallman on Valve+GNU/Linux
said by Maxo:His passive-aggressive undertone still shines through, however.
I was actually happy to see him look at the issue from a viewpoint other than staunch opposition of all things not free software.
Outsiders may bring unwanted influence, speak not of them.
Thus, in direct practical terms, this development can do both harm and good. It might encourage GNU/Linux users to install these games, and it might encourage users of the games to replace Windows with GNU/Linux. My guess is that the direct good effect will be bigger than the direct harm. But there is also an indirect effect: what does the use of these games teach people in our community?
Any GNU/Linux distro that comes with software to offer these games will teach users that the point is not freedom. Nonfree software in GNU/Linux distros already works against the goal of freedom. Adding these games to a distro would augment that effect.
If you want to promote freedom, please take care not to talk about the availability of these games on GNU/Linux as support for our cause.
Open source, closed community. I've mentioned this before, it irks me.
These games will come from a closed-off environment, where freedom was stifled. They may be naive to software freedom and a bit hostile due to years of oppression. Be kind and firm accepting them with open arms while displaying what software freedom benefits exist. The human mind is not a container to be filled, rather, it is a fire that requires kindling. An open and accepting community fosters involvement and return.
Show off that hardware: join Team Discovery and Team Helix