Sunday, November 13, 2005

What's Wrong with Free Software?

While the debate over free (as in beer) software and free (as in speech) software continues, I think one thing should hold true - free software of any kind is not a bad thing, and should be held up along side non-free software. So why do most magazines (even the ones who promote the free software ideology) not review free software in the same format as non-free software?

I did write a letter to Linux Format asking them why they gave full page (or 2-page) adverts for non-free software, while for free software, which they claim to promote, only gets half-page reviews. I can't remember their reply, but I do remember it not answering the main point. How is free software going to claim a foothold when even those that use it treat it like a second-class citizen?

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