Using everyday from OSes (for desktop and mobile) to a music player, I've realized the value of freedom of software and the reason why free software is not the matter of price (gratis).

Basically this is the matter of rights, responsibility, and ethics of the civil society. See "Mutual recognition of freedom" by Hegel.

It is unfortunate that free software has been mainly the topic of computer geeks and established thinkers around the world have not thought about that quite much.

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@suguru Totally agree. The value of #freesw is understood only when someone uses it. It doesn't spy, it doesn't do anything that the user doesn't want, computer listens to the users again. Just the perfect kind of software. Even some years ago people didn't know such kind of software exists.

But now, with some prominent Linux channels and internet communities, Free Software is slowly getting popular. I've seen many famous content creators use/mention GIMP, Blender, Krita, KVM in their videos.

@adnan360 Right. I would rather be afraid that some vendors like MongoDB gives away its product for free (as Gratis) as a bait to introduce users to the subscription, which leads to the vendor lock-in.

Some software like Google Chrome has worked in the same way. To introduce users to the Google ecosystem (where the company exploits users, thanks to users ignorance).

@suguru Yeah. #freesw may have some features less and may require a bit of learning (sometimes it is the opposite and better than nonfree software) but at the end it gives back the user one thing: freedom.

When I first heard about Linux it was around 2003-05. KDE/GNOME and everything had no standards/inconsistent and many things CLI based. Wasn't sure why people used it. But now I get it. For them it is better to learn something hard and be free than enjoy ease of use in a walled garden.


> "Mutual recognition of freedom" by Hegel

I had to look that up, found this:

"Hegel defines “right” [Recht] as the existence of the free will in the world. So a philosophy of right is necessarily a philosophy of freedom that seeks to comprehend freedom actualized in how we relate to each other and construct social and political institutions."

One might add: "how we relate to each other and construct social and political institutions... and software." 🙂

@eliasr Right. Since the world today depends on software including communication (both public and private), which actually is the society itself, the freedom of software should be regarded as the basis of the civil society.

When it comes to the interpretation of Hegel from the perspective of civil society Japan has not negligible tradition, in which I've educated myself.

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