Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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Android free?
by Normm on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 23:48 UTC
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2011-11-09

Android may be free in the sense that it makes a good iPhone-like touch UI available to the masses at low cost (though patent royalties may end up being significant). But I don't see that Android gives you significantly more freedom than iOS.

In both cases the lowest level firmware is locked down for the carriers, and you have no access to software at that level. If you root your Android device you can tweak whatever you like at the OS level, but I'm not sure that's the essential freedom Stallman was after. You still don't have source code for most of the useful applications than run on the device (Google or third party), and so you can't modify or extend them. In fact, you can probably find more free source code published for iOS apps than for Android ones.

Or is the essential difference that it costs $99 to register as a developer and be able to put whatever software you want on your own iOS devices (bypassing the App store), whereas this is free on Android?

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