Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 09:58 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Richard Stallman, frontman of the Free Software Foundation, has shifted his attention towards web applications. "In the free software community, the idea that non-free programs mistreat their users is familiar. Some of us refuse entirely to install proprietary software, and many others consider non-freedom a strike against the program. Many users are aware that this issue applies to the plug-ins that browsers offer to install, since they can be free or non-free. But browsers run other non-free programs which they don't ask you about or even tell you aboutâ€"programs that web pages contain or link to. These programs are most often written in Javascript, though other languages are also used."
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RE: What is this guy on?
by giddie on Tue 24th Mar 2009 11:03 UTC in reply to "What is this guy on?"
giddie
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2008-04-29

Hang on -- what's got you so worked up? As far as I can make out from the article, Stallman is trying to create a standard way of making Web-app source-code available. Seems like a sensible suggestion to me. I didn't see any mention of a "hippy" Gmail!

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RE[2]: What is this guy on?
by flanque on Tue 24th Mar 2009 11:11 in reply to "RE: What is this guy on?"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Seems to me like he wants that and the ability for browsers to give him the choice of running it or a modified version of his choosing.

I just used Gmail as an example.

Edited 2009-03-24 11:12 UTC

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