[hackerspaces] Proprietary Product Company as a sponsor of FOSS event

Avinash Sonawane rootkea at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 13:04:43 CEST 2014

Thank you Moritz and hellekin for clarifying the things so clearly.
Awesome clarity of thoughts! Thanks to others who contributed to

So we have decided to *NOT* to take proprietary product company as a
sponsor of our FLOSS event as it'll dilute the whole purpose, the
FLOSS values.

Here is what RMS has to say about it:

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From: Richard Stallman <rms at gnu.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 5:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Gnu-linux-discussion] [x-post] Proprietary Product
Company as a sponsor of FOSS event

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    1) To have a proprietary product company as a sponsor of FOSS event is
    it morally right?

Having a proprietary software company as the sponsor of an event
grants legitimacy to the company's proprietary software.  Thus,
it sends a message that contradicts the free software idea.

By the way, if you want to support the idea of free software,
saying "FOSS" doesn't do that very well.  See

    2) What about proprietary *service* company?

The terms "free" and "nonfree" are defined for programs.  They are
meaningless for services.  See

      I mean the one which
    serves it's client with say system administration or building a dbms
    system (which is closed source suppose) for the client

This might be SaaSS (service as a software substitute), but I can't
tell for certain because your description is very sketchy.
See http://gnu.org/philosophy/who-does-that-server-really-serve.html.

If you want to support the idea of free software, I suggest not saying
"closed source" (or "open source") since they refer to a different
idea.  See http://gnu.org/philosophy/open-source-misses-the-point.html.

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
www.fsf.org  www.gnu.org
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
  Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call.

Avinash Sonawane (RootKea)
PICT, Pune

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