I am ashamed to use proprietary software

BANGALORE: Krishnakant Mane says that the freedom and flexibility provided by open source software enables him to work with a variety of interfaces and is integral to his work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

The news site www.hindu.com has an interview with a young man who is visually disabled.

“Why should I let the software limit what my magnifier or reader can process?” It is this lack of flexibility that he opposes. Not being employed, a visually impaired person cannot afford to pay huge sums of money, every time something needs to be modified, he argues, speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the ongoing Open Source India Week programme.

The interview show good that being gratis is not the most important property of free software/open source.
The freedom to modify and to distribute this modified version is the main benefit which distinguishes free software/open source from proprietary ones.

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