Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 30th Sep 2007 13:48 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Fedora Core "The world is changing and online applications are becoming more and more popular, whether for e-mail or word processing. The developers behind Bigboard and Gnome's 'online desktop' initiative think it's time our desktops started catching up. Read on to find an interview with Colin Walters, more information about Bigboard, the online desktop and the obligatory screencast showing it off!"
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RE[2]: One question.
by sbergman27 on Sun 30th Sep 2007 20:43 UTC in reply to "RE: One question."
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Actually it does not sound Stallman like at all since if you are using other computers over the Internet, the concept of freedom in the sense of Free software doesn't apply at all and that is RMS's opinion on this which is why GPL v3 doesn't extend the notion of distribution to online services.

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This point has not been as major a subject of discussion as I would have expected. To me, the inclusion of the clause to extend GPLv3 to cover online services, in the first draft, and its later removal, was one of the more interesting things that occurred during the process.

I fully expected RMS to advocate closing the online services loophole, and to stand firm on the point, dismissing arguments against doing so. And I was wrong. It's one of the few points on which I can say that RMS advocated *less* in the way of restrictions than did I.

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