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Free Software Wins, But You Have Nowhere to Install It
on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by
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: Is it good or bad?
on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 12:31 UTC in reply to "
RE: Is it good or bad?
FSF demands are out of alignment with most users and developers.
Here is the only demand that FSF actually makes:
"We demand software freedom now".
Here is what they mean by their term "software freedom":
“Free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.”
Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely, it means that the program's users have the four essential freedoms:
The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
The freedom to study how the program works, and change it to make it do what you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
A program is free software if users have all of these freedoms.
What user could possibly object to this?
As for developers ... the FSF makes absolutely no demand that developers
make free software. Their only demand is that developers are ALLOWED to make free software if those said developers want to.
And by FSF I really mean Stallman.
Stallman is not the FSF.
Here is the website of the FSF, check it out:
Here is who they are:
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users.
As our society grows more dependent on computers, the software we run is of critical importance to securing the future of a free society. Free software is about having control over the technology we use in our homes, schools and businesses, where computers work for our individual and communal benefit, not for proprietary software companies or governments who might seek to restrict and monitor us.
It is about defending the rights of computer users, nothing else.
I just thought I would quote some URLs bring a bit of reality, sanity and balance to the picture.
Here are some Free Software programs that everyone can enjoy:
and here is more:
Fill your boots. Enjoy the benefits of Free Software. It won't bite you.
Edited 2010-08-03 12:42 UTC
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