Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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RE[2]: Is it good or bad?
by vivainio on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 19:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Is it good or bad?"
vivainio
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2008-12-26

If they couldn't freely experiment with software development, how many of them do you think would be programmers today?


Being able to freely experiment with software development is a new phenomenon, that mostly started in the 90`s (for normal people).

I had to pirate my Turbo Pascal, you insensitive clod ;-).

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RE[3]: Is it good or bad?
by westlake on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 20:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Is it good or bad?"
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2010-01-07

Being able to freely experiment with software development is a new phenomenon, that mostly started in the 90`s (for normal people).

Normal people were writing - and publishing - software for the eight bit micro in the late-seventies and early eighties.

Atari even had an "app store" for hobbyists writing commercially viable games in Atari BASIC and assembly.

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RE[4]: Is it good or bad?
by vivainio on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 20:40 in reply to "RE[3]: Is it good or bad?"
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2008-12-26


Normal people were writing - and publishing - software for the eight bit micro in the late-seventies and early eighties.


Yes, using exactly the stuff the machine came with. There were no free libraries or development tools - just the BASIC interpreter, and possibly an assembler.

I'm not talking about software development in general, I'm talking about getting free stuff from others (which is where open source is relevant).

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