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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Lennie
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2007-09-22

I think Torvalds shouldn't have been surprised by the views of the FSF. As a printer, also a device, was the reason that Stallman started his project:

"In 1980, Stallman and some other hackers at the AI Lab were refused access to the source code for the software of a newly-installed laser printer, the Xerox 9700. Stallman had modified the software for the Lab's previous laser printer (the XGP, Xerographic Printer), so it electronically messaged a user when the person's job was printed, and would message all logged-in users waiting for print jobs if the printer was jammed. Not being able to add these features to the new printer was a major inconvenience, as the printer was on a different floor from most of the users. This experience convinced Stallman of people's need to be free to modify the software they use."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman#Decline_of_MIT.27s_ha...

So is it surprising that the FSF feels strongly about being able to modify the software on devices you own.

With software you can have a license, with hardware you usually buy the product. It is yours, you own it.

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