Using Free Software doesn't automatically give people freedom.

The freedom is in the user's ability to modify the software when it does something user doesn't like, and make it do what user wants it to do.

As long as there's someone in the world for whom modifying the software they use is not an option, be it because of license, excessive complexity, lack of time, lack of patience, or because the person is afraid or overwhelmed by the concept of modifying something - that person is not free.

@Wolf480pl This is a complex topic between legality and practicality. Someone who has the right to travel has that right, but the right does not guarantee a plane ticket.

Free Software is about the legal right. It is the underpinning. The practical issues are important but when we say that it's all or nothing, we don't move forward.

@emacsen I think the practicality aspect is getting more and more important recently.

I've seen relatively many situations like:
a) a piece of software works against the wishes/best interest of some user/group of users, the user[s] demand that the developer changes the software (for free) and if that request is not satisfied, they call the dev evil and unethical



b) a developer makes software to be easy to use in a way similar to how mainstream proprietary software is easy to use, with the goal of making as many people use this software as possible, to make them free. However, the software is like an appliance, designed to be only used in one way, and forces the users to use it that way, because the users can't in practice modify the software to behave any differently. The users are not more free. Maybe even less free.




c) People demand a developer to do (b)
d) A developer writes free software that gives users more control but requires a bit more understanding before you can use it, but people blame him and call him elitist.


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