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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"I work for a few private schools who's goal is to replace the current student laptop program with personal devices by 2014."

I've always been wary of the proliferation of closed devices, but I've never really thought about this angle before. If kids get pushed away from open computers in favor of closed and much less powerful tablets at school (whatever the actual motivation), then we may be discouraging them from joining the open software community and benefiting from it.

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