[Linux-aus] Young Aussies say pirated software is OK

Jon 'maddog' Hall maddog at li.org
Sun Feb 8 11:48:46 EST 2009

[This email may seem harsh, but please take it with the spirit in which
it was written, in the "Quick Bubble Laundramat" in Nashua, New
Hampshire, USA.....]

Your message was perfectly clear.

But relating freeware with Free Software is not what this group is
about.  We are about Free Software (which some people call "Open

And quite frankly, it is not about whether the software is "gratis" or
not.  No software is without "cost".  There is the cost of installing
it, integrating it, learning to use it, upgrading it...and this happens
whether it is freeware, Free Software or Proprietary Closed Source

The main difference between the three groups of software is with the
first two you do not pay up front to find out if the software is good or
not, which was my point.   And with Free Software you (or someone else
close to you) has half a chance of fixing it).

I am sorry that your friend had a problem with one piece of free
software (notice that I use the lower case "f" and "s"), which some
people call "freeware".  I am sorry that he relates Free Software with
"poor quality" because of this experience with freeware.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of people on this list who would
testify that Free Software is, for the most part, good quality.

You gave your friend the proper response, and he refused to take your

Thank you for telling us about him, but what is this mailing list
supposed to do about it?

Warmest regards,

Jon "maddog" Hall
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