Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 09:58 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Richard Stallman, frontman of the Free Software Foundation, has shifted his attention towards web applications. "In the free software community, the idea that non-free programs mistreat their users is familiar. Some of us refuse entirely to install proprietary software, and many others consider non-freedom a strike against the program. Many users are aware that this issue applies to the plug-ins that browsers offer to install, since they can be free or non-free. But browsers run other non-free programs which they don't ask you about or even tell you aboutâ€"programs that web pages contain or link to. These programs are most often written in Javascript, though other languages are also used."
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Same old message
by npang on Fri 27th Mar 2009 11:24 UTC
npang
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2006-11-26

If you people don't understand the point of this particular message, I would argue that you don't understand Stallman's views on software freedom at all http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html . The point of this new essay is nothing new as RMS is repeating the exact same thing as he did when he started in the 1980's - you should value your freedom or be doomed to lose it .

What is different in this case, is the mechanism of how the proprietary software is being transferred to the users' computers. According to RMS, the act of accessing some web sites through your web browser can cause proprietary software to be silently transferred onto your computer. Many of these programs are written in the ECMAscript language (aka. Javascript).

RMS is cautioning the audience to be careful about surfing the web lest, the audience "accidentally" download and use these sneaky proprietary computer programs (that are often written using the Javascript language).

Edited 2009-03-27 11:41 UTC

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