Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Nov 2010 22:24 UTC, submitted by koki
GNU, GPL, Open Source Now this is interesting. We see what is at its core a very valid concern, in practice not a problem to anyone, and, thanks to the tone of the press release, close to trolling. The Free Software Foundation Latin America is complaining about something that has been known for a while - there is some non-Free code stuck in the Linux kernel (mostly firmware). A valid issue of concern from an idealogical viewpoint, but sadly, the tone of the press release turns this valid concern into something close to trolling.
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RE: Much Ado about Nothing...
by WorknMan on Wed 10th Nov 2010 00:05 UTC in reply to "Much Ado about Nothing..."
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I'm all for idealist - they are the driving force of change. That said, this press release reads like propagandist drivel. Like most propaganda, the facts are all right, but the conclusions are all wrong.


I see in their statement where they talk a lot about freedom, but it seems to me that these people are more interested in forcing people to use open source software than they are about freedom.

IMHO, having REAL freedom also includes the ability for one to have the freedom to use proprietary software if they so choose, so I don't really see these guys as being much different than those companies who want to completely lock down your PC so they have absolute control over what you run.

That being said though, I think it's a good thing to have extremists on both sides... whether it be politics, religion, or whatever. It probably helps keep things in balance.

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