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The 8th GNU Hackers' Meeting takes place in Munich, Germany from 15–17 August 2014. It spans three days, and comprises talks about new GNU programs, status of the GNU system and news from the free software community.

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The advantages of free software

by Richard Stallman

People outside the free software movement frequently ask about the practical advantages of free software. It is a curious question.

Nonfree software is bad because it denies your freedom. Thus, asking about the practical advantages of free software is like asking about the practical advantages of not being handcuffed. Indeed, it has advantages:

We could find more, but do you need these advantages to convince you to reject handcuffs? Probably not, because you understand that your freedom is what's at stake.

Once you realize that that's what's at stake with nonfree software, you won't need to ask what practical advantages free software has.

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