Free software is important. The free software community is also important. Without it, none of us would be here. I wouldn't have a job here at Trolltech if not for free software. I wouldn't get to hack on Opie, nor would I use KDE as my desktop. The compilers we use for Qtopia would not exist. Nor would the filesystem it runs in. Imagine our world without free software. Grim. and expensive. Saying free software is not important is like saying trees don't matter unless they are "harvested" for commercial purposes.
On a related note, what you name it doesn't matter a hill of beans. It's fluff. bloat. Get on with it.
As I get ready for my first trip back to the US in two years, I am leaving a completely different world than when I arrived... a wife and our kid anxious to greet me at the airport on my return. A house full of stuff. Pets. A swim pool, palm trees, and huge bats in the backyard. A really nice life. Only a bit concerned about the switch back to driving on the other side of the road, on the other side of the car. Australia is great. Except for the vegemite, and the fact I am really tired of hearing about "dropbears"... ya, ya, ya, save it for the tourists.. it wasn't even funny the first time I heard it. and no, I am not from Canada, and don't call me a 'yank', it's not nice. If you ever get the chance to visit Australia, do so. It's beautiful. It's a great place to live and be free.