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[5]: Cooperations buys laws
by npang on Tue 26th Jun 2007 08:24 UTC
npang
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2006-11-26

> 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).


Which brings us to this story. A bunch of people wanted some better software but were deprived of their right to improve their own situations. These people wanted some improvements made to some non-Free software (Windows Longhorn in this case). They had to do this the hard way as they were not given access to the code. They modified Longhorn despite the fact that MS disapproves of these actions as stated in the EULA. These people did not have freedom 1 of Free software. When these people tried to distribute their changes, they got a cease and desist notice. These people did not have freedoms 2 and 3 of Free software.

What point is there in modifying software for the benefit of general users if literally noone is allowed to benefit from the modifications? Non-Free software is literally retarding society's natural tendency to advance by retarding the evolution of shared knowledge.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"A bunch of people wanted some better software but were deprived of their right to improve their own situations."

Not at all. Nothing is stopping them from improving their own situation. What they cant do is distribute the improved end-product. They weren't deprived on of any rights.

"They modified Longhorn despite the fact that MS disapproves of these actions as stated in the EULA."

What the EULA says doesn't matter. They can modify their own copy as much as they like.

"What point is there in modifying software for the benefit of general users if literally noone is allowed to benefit from the modifications?"
"Non-Free software is literally retarding society's natural tendency to advance by retarding the evolution of shared knowledge"

Except that nothing is stopping you from sharing the knowledge you gained from modifying your own copy of, say, Longhorn. Copyright law does not concern itself with what you have learned, only that you don't (re)distribute others works without permission.

Edited 2007-06-26 08:55

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