Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Jan 2007 20:47 UTC, submitted by ciaran
GNU, GPL, Open Source "The following is a transcript of a lecture given by Richard Stallman in Zagreb (Croatia/Hrvatska) on March 9th 2006. The lecture was given in English. Richard Stallman launched the GNU project in 1983, and with it the Free Software movement. Stallman is the president of FSF - a sister organisation of FSFE. Transcription of this presentation was undertaken by Ciarán O'Riordan."
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RE[2]: SECRET
by Bounty on Wed 10th Jan 2007 18:17 UTC in reply to "RE: SECRET"
Bounty
Member since:
2006-09-18

"Freedom zero guarantees that you can do whatever you want. "
see my other comment, you can't do whatever you want, even if it helps some people.

"That's not unethical." So you agree with me.

"It's unethical to forbid someone to share with others. "
So if I give Larry some ammo, and ask Larry not to share it with Bob my enemy.... that's unethical? right.......

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RE[3]: SECRET
by sbergman27 on Wed 10th Jan 2007 18:25 in reply to "RE[2]: SECRET"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

"""So if I give Larry some ammo, and ask Larry not to share it with Bob my enemy.... that's unethical?"""

It's certainly not as "Free" as if you had given it to Larry without imposing your own political motivations upon him.

If you are going to distribute something and call it "Free" with a capital "F", making a big to do about how "Free" it is, it should really be Free. Otherwise, it is deception, pure and simple.

Richard Stallman is a deceiver, who believes that deception, as a means, is justified by the end.

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RE[4]: SECRET
by rajj on Thu 11th Jan 2007 05:24 in reply to "RE[3]: SECRET"
rajj Member since:
2005-07-06

If you had bothered to read any of the material about this topic you would know that what is being kept free is the software itself which ultimately guarantees your own freedom. You would also know that this requirement is a GPL one. BSD licensed software is also considered Free Software and has no such restriction.

By requiring that all source code be available to any binary one chooses to run, you are free to do what you wish with it, and freedom zero is fulfilled. Conversely, if the code was not required to remain available, you would not be able to do what you want with it. Freedom zero has now been infringed upon. This is why Stallman believes that a restriction must be placed upon you so that the _code_ can remain free.

I'm not sure where the objection to not being able to take other's work and calling it your own comes from. Is it such a difficult concept to understand that freedom does not mean without rules? Your freedom cannot infringe upon other's freedom.

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