Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2007 22:44 UTC
Windows As was to be expected, the Longhorn Reloaded team has been shut down by Microsoft. "It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from Microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to Longhorn Reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although Microsoft hknew about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server."
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RE[3]: Cooperations buys laws
by npang on Tue 26th Jun 2007 07:15 UTC
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> If you told me to make some change to one of my OSS programs and I didn't like that change I would, quite frankly, tell you to shut up or do it yourself. And even if you did do it yourself and sent me some diff's I would be under no obligation to add your changes.

Of course that could happen. But I think you didn't understand my message (or the message of Free software): the user is free to go to *ANY* software developer to get changes made to Free software. Without this freedom, the user becomes dependant upon the author(s) of the software as the user requires the author's permission to get the changes happening. This dependence is bad for the user because if the author is unwilling or unable to fulfill the user's request, the two standard outcomes are: 1) the user is completely helpless and has to make do with inferior software or 2)the user chooses a functionally superior non-Free software and so continues the cycle of dependency and subjugation.

If you didn't want to invest time and effort to change your software at the user's request (assuming the software is Free software) the user will always have the liberty to go hire a software developer that will.

Edited 2007-06-26 07:28

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"the user is free to go to *ANY* software developer to get changes made to Free software."

Oh right. Duh.
However, technically you can do the same with proprietary software only it is much harder to change and you cant distribute the result (although you can distribute the changes by themselves).

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