I missed something on the FSF site. If you click on windows7sins.org on “Learn more” (right from the OLPC picture) you’ll get a small window with more text. To make my debunking complete, let’s dissect the most important part of it:
“Many US states even boast about how they are cooperating with Microsoft, either ignoring or not understanding the corrupting influence that accepting freebies from this huge corporation has on their government. Because Microsoft’s software is proprietary, it is incompatible with education. Users are simply passive consumers in their interactions with Windows. They are legally forbidden from adapting the software to solve a particular problem, or from satisfying an intellectual curiosity by examining its source code. An education using the power of computers should be a means to freedom and empowerment, not an avenue for one corporation to instill its monopoly through indoctrination.”
“Users are simply passive consumers in their interactions with Windows.”
And most users are exactly the same with Linux! Especially school children will not dive into the Linux kernel.
“They are legally forbidden from adapting the software to solve a particular problem, or from satisfying an intellectual curiosity by examining its source code. “
And this is ridiculous. What kind of “adapting” do they mean? Yes, you cannot modify the windows kernel for example, but, who hell needs that? Windows as such is extremely adaptable through the programming APIs it has.
Many school children who foray into programming want to create a game first. Microsoft’s XNA framework is the best thing if you want to a create your first game quickly. Linux offers nothing comparable.
The express versions of Visual Studio are one of the best tools to learn to program. If using Windows is entirely “passive”, why has it the most software available?
To be able to inspect a complicated kludge of code like the Linux kernel doesn’t teach anyone to program, and it doesn’t make you “interactive”.
Besides, it’s not like the APIs and Windows itself are a black box, there is tons of documentation:
And where is the Linux equivalent of MSDN?
So, my debunking is complete. And here are more revealing comments from Stallman himself, why the 7sins campaign is a red herring:
RMS: So, if people think you should choose whichever program is _technically_ superior, sometimes they’ll choose the proprietary software. But I would [choose free software], because I care more about freedom and community, and I will _never_ choose a proprietary program if there’s _any_ way I can avoid using it.
And sometimes the way I avoid using it is by not doing the job with my computer. I don’t _have_ do to everything with a computer that a computer can do. If it can’t be done with free software, well, if I really care, if it’s so important to me, I would write the program to do it.
RMS: “I don’t care if they’re the best. I don’t care if a program is technically best. If it’s not _free_, I won’t use it.”