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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RE[3]: Way missed the mark
by lucas_maximus on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 11:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Way missed the mark"
lucas_maximus
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And what does this have to do with the NDAA? Exactly.

The only reason Stallman wrote the GPL license is because he hated commercial programmers.

http://penguinday.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/the-most-effective-terro...

http://us.ft.com/ftgateway/superpage.ft?news_id=fto0418200613064247...

FT: Is open source going to be disruptive to Oracle?

LE: No. If an open source product gets good enough, we'll simply take it. Take [the web server software] Apache: once Apache got better than our own web server, we threw it away and took Apache. So the great thing about open source is nobody owns it – a company like Oracle is free to take it for nothing, include it in our products and charge for support, and that's what we'll do. So it is not disruptive at all – you have to find places to add value. Once open source gets good enough, competing with it would be insane. Keep in mind it's not that good in most places yet. We're a big supporter of Linux. At some point we may embed Linux in all of our products and provide support.


Edited 2012-01-03 11:37 UTC

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