Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jan 2012 19:12 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Late last year, president Obama signed a law that makes it possible to indefinitely detain terrorist suspects without any form of trial or due process. Peaceful protesters in Occupy movements all over the world have been labelled as terrorists by the authorities. Initiatives like SOPA promote diligent monitoring of communication channels. Thirty years ago, when Richard Stallman launched the GNU project, and during the three decades that followed, his sometimes extreme views and peculiar antics were ridiculed and disregarded as paranoia - but here we are, 2012, and his once paranoid what-ifs have become reality.
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they can not exist in a world that gives users the freedom to use software who's license does not specifically adhere to these concepts. Hence, not real freedom.

You can have both free software and proprietary software in the same world.

Why should the software itself be free (as in speech), so long as it is able to output non-proprietary formats?

0 You aren't free to run it as you want
1 You don't know what it is doing
2 The people paid for it so they should benefit from it to the max
3 We all want a better government so give programmers a chance to help for free

I also find it interesting that my original post has already been modded down. Hence, this comment system is little more than a way to censor comments from those you don't agree with, seemingly the exact opposite message that this article was preaching about.

Sadly that's how all comment systems work. A button for interesting or not interesting might work better. I don't agree that this article was preaching about the freedom to disagree. This article was about putting the power of software to your benefit instead of the benefit of huge organizations.

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