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Re: [gNewSense-users] Printer trouble

From: Benedikt Ahrens
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Printer trouble
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 08:55:05 +0200
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Sam Geeraerts wrote:
> Benedikt Ahrens schreef:
>> Canon delivers a linux driver for this printer [1], but it's not free.
>> I can hence not recommend you the installation of this driver.
>> I haven't found any free driver for this printer, unfortunately.
>> ben
> Your actions do not reflect your words. Why point to a piece of software
> if you think it's immoral to recommend it?

Because where the software is, there is also the license which makes the
software non-free. So letting him check for himself that this driver is
non-free sounds fair to me. I don't like leaving people in the dark.
This was catholicism, and we shouldn't do the same.

> Instead, it would be better to explore the free options that are
> available (e.g. other printers) 

Because i was not sure if there was not a different driver for the
printer he already has. In my world printers are not free (the beery
"free"). So recommending buying different hardware should be sth like a
last solution.

or explain what can be done to improve
> the current undesirable situation with this particular piece of
> hardware. This would help increase awareness and activism around free
> software and build a larger, happier community around it.

I agree that this information would be useful. You should send an email,
then (or maybe you already did). But I don't agree that giving a link to
non-free software, accompanied with a remark about its status, is sth bad.


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