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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"I'm not saying using Linux/android is inherently harder than windows/IOS because it isn't."

This was the one thought I agreed with: Linux is harder.

"With highly specialised and highly compartmentalised devices, there is no incentive to learn anything other than how to open and consume your favourite things."

Disagree. This is an overly pessimistic view that open advocates cling to. Difficulty doesn't inspire my curiosity. Nor does being exposed to the guts; sometimes a closed box is more inspiring than an open one. Inspiration and curiosity are innate to humanity.

This is also a putdown: it's not that easy or closed just enables consumption. Easy and closed can foster creativity in any number of ways, including promoting programming.

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