Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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Stallman's recurrent definition of 'free software' does get a bit repetitive, and maybe for a reason, it's a bit of a bogus fight (in some ways)..
He does *seem* to be positioning Free Software (of his defining -i.e. fulfilling his 4 rules) against Closed source/Payed-for software sometimes..........and I'm not sure that's ultimately his intent, or if the whole issue, even for himself -having been round the loop so many times- is becoming confused.

Free Software (of the RMS/FSF definition) ought be solely positioned against or be fighting the good fight against 'Open Source(but not entirely Free) Software' e.g. the Tivoization situation recounted where say a hardware manufacturer will take a piece of Open Source software or code and modify it, maybe add some really useful improvements and release the code back into the wild but lock their hardware so further tinkerers can't reload their own further code modifications.

Furthermore I think the fight really *really* ought to be with hardware manufacturers locking down their devices unnecessarily,especially all the tablet makers -in all of their Android, IOS, and soon MS/WOA varieties.

It won't be much good having OpenSource/Free software is we can't run/load it onto the devices we have!

People keep claiming things like AntiTrust laws, in either the US/EU, don't apply to say Microsoft in the tablet market as they barely have a foothold there, or that Apple are trying to provide the best possible user experience or malware free App store.....yada yada

...overarchingly, that's all bull! ..if we take ALL the tablet(+phone) hardware device/OS makers TOGETHER (as the cabal they either already are or might be becoming..?!..'by accident') then, as the 'personal computing' market/system gradually switches further and further away from the generic, run-what-you-like how-you-like x86 PC model toward more and more and more of a walled-garden model where control is shifted (inexorably?) away from the consumer/user to the manufacturer, the legally bound and gagged official software developers, and dare I say it also to governments or their offshoots....then maybe AntiTrust/competition laws could have some meaning in this context..

People have grown accustomed to expect certain freedoms from their PC's and just because the de facto PC is 'evolving' toward the phone and the tablet doesn't mean we ought let all the control and freedom 'be evolved away from us' at the same time!! But RMS and other freedom advocates are probably bang on, they will be if we let them be!

Last point regarding Dickie and his Looping State of Mind(sorry, couldn't resist a The Field reference)- -in this case, his incessant recanting of the GNU/linux naming debacle - I would be pretty positive that those who have followed computing history long enough have heard this from various sources almost an uncountable number of times - but usually from Stallman himself - he doesn't seem to me to come across overly conceited or proud, but perhaps with this issue he maybe needs to be let go, or just let others take over that particular small fight - perhaps even if the Linux entry on Wikipedia defaulted to redirecting to GNU-Linux, with the mention of the GNU system tools further toward the top of the article would be 'enough' and he could 'let it go'.

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