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Re: [seul-edu] SEUL Licensing (was: Our presence at trade shows)
Ray Olszewski writes:
> I too am confused by this discussion, because it seems to me that our goals
> reflect two incompatible objectives:
> 1. To have all software used by schools be free (in a financial
> 2. To encourage commercial producers of educational software
> to port their products to Linux.
> It is hard to imagine a way to accomplish #2 while holding to the standard
> of #1. Of course, it is easy to talk about such goals when writing
> manifestos ... but I've alrwady made my view of the value of manifestos
> sufficiently clear, I think.
> One legitimate answer to this is that "free" is not meant in a financial
> sense, but in the "free speech" sense that FSF uses it to mean. In that
> case, the problem of how to compensate developers for their time remains
> unsolved. (If you think it has been solved, please name a solution that has
> been shown to work, not one that people allege will work. And I'd like to
> send you the prospectus on a fine bridge I have for sale as well.)
> The large number of orphaned ecucational software packages out there, and
> the ones that proceed very slowly because they are developed in someone's
> "spare" time, highlight the limitations of "free". Until someone solves the
> problem of getting rewards directed to developers sufficient to attract
> large numbers of them to developing Linux-based educational apps as their
> work (not on the side), we will not see the large number of good apps that
> we want to see available.
Totally right. I will largely prefer to see Seul thinking about way to
do that. Actually this exactly what wants to do OFSET.