Re: Til / squeaky wheels

From: Michele Andreoli (
Date: Mon Oct 07 2002 - 15:26:18 CEST

On Sun, Oct 06, 2002 at 06:51:39PM -0400, Alfie Costa wrote:

> On 5 Oct 2002, at 19:18, Michele Andreoli <> wrote:
> > Free-Software is *not* a service
> And the free software programmer serves who? Humanity, mankind, the summum
> bonum, whatever gods of software there be...

We are falling in some sort of sophism here, where words are stretched in order
to fit arguments, and no viceversa.

> While free software is a hobbyist activity which we do "just for fun", our
> critics should be courteous and humane, but if we're trying to write code
> that's useful to the public in general, (and succeeding), then our programs
> become a kind of civic object, and private manners should not apply.

This is not my opinion. I have a different, and (surely) minority opinion.
But my english isn't enough to well explain my feeling.
I'm not interested in *useful* code, when exploring Linux software. *Useful* code
for me is Windows code.
Usefulness in Linux (IMHO) is an *accidental*,
although desiderable property. The main is *freedom*, the foundation of
the *creativity*.
I include all that in the human-topics class, and private manners should
always apply.

In other words, if You change "Physics" with "Free Software" in my signature below,
you will have my exact feeling about own subject.


"Physics is like sex: it may give some practical
results, but that's not why we do it"  (Richard Feynman)
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