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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But I suspect that if FLOSS advocates had enough money to buy laws like large corporations do, we would see some legislation that either outlaws or greatly limits the use of any software that isn't GPL-friendly.

Define GPL unfriendly software. If FLOSS types had big reserves of cash, you bet they would lobby against software patents, against proprietary protocols and file formats, against DRM. I for one don't believe they would try to legislate the EULA out of existence.

They probably would try to get the various software procurement tenders on a more level field. They probably would try to get exclusive preloading deals abolished. I strongly doubt they would try to make your use of MS Office illegal.

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