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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Free software is politics
by Neolander on Tue 3rd Jan 2012 11:03 UTC
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I am astonished to see so many comments stating "the issue is not one of software but one of politics". Of course it is about politics ! Why do you think that it is free software, not open source one, that heats up debates so much ?

Free software is political opinion applied to computer software. It is about acknowledging that pure competition has failed as a way to human advancement, losing against the most unhealthy form of cooperation : cartels of huge companies and government entities teaming up to maximize their selfish profits.

Free software is about acknowledging, in the software world, that the only effective form of competition without mercy is war.

By legally enforcing modified source redistribution, one enforces something which neoliberal societies do not train us too but which has been proven as one of the greatest source of progress in human groups : cooperation.

At least that's the way I see it.

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