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[4]: A no-issue problem
by arpan on Tue 24th Mar 2009 14:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A no-issue problem"
arpan
Member since:
2006-07-30

Locked up code is not the problem.

Locked up content is. As long as Google provides a way for you to get your content out of their system, someone else will be able to import it into their app.

If you have the source code to their app, but can't get your content out, all the source in the world isn't going to help.

Basically, we need open standards for the content (perhaps ODF), so we can use whatever application we want, closed or open source. The same way that open standards allow us to use any browser we want.

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RE[5]: A no-issue problem
by Soulbender on Wed 25th Mar 2009 12:36 in reply to "RE[4]: A no-issue problem"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Basically, we need open standards for the content (perhaps ODF), so we can use whatever application we want, closed or open source.


Yes! Someone who gets it. Open source is not (comparatively) important, open and unencumbered standards are.
Open standards makes for a truly level playing field where the consumer can freely chose what he/she wants, be it open or closed source.

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