Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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RE[6]: Is it good or bad?
by vivainio on Wed 4th Aug 2010 17:32 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Is it good or bad?"
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That is inaccurate. In the beginning of computer industry, all software was free under MIT like license, under public domain or with no license at all, which again meant public domain at the time.

Only a very small elite group even had access to the hardware that ran this "free" software.

The rest of us were storing our monolithic BASIC programs on audio tapes. The only free software you got were the printed program listings in hobbyist magazines (and I don't even know what kind of copyright they were under).

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