Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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RE[4]: I just don't follow...
by lucas_maximus on Wed 21st Mar 2012 08:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I just don't follow..."
lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

Just remember that he is free to believe that the choice you make is not a good one - even to believe that it is an amoral or immoral one.


And this is where it is a load of bullshit.

Whether you give software over or not is not a ethical decision and never will be.

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RE[5]: I just don't follow...
by Morgan on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 08:49 in reply to "RE[4]: I just don't follow..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

For me, the only time ethics enters into it is when closed source software is used, by its nature of being closed source, to harm people. This is almost always via DRM or activation schemes. A great example is Microsoft Office. It's a very expensive program, and after you've activated it a certain number of times (every time can be legal and valid mind you) the key becomes banned by Microsoft, requiring you to call and explain why they should allow you to install it to the same computer for the fourth time. Never mind that you paid an arm and a leg for it, never mind that you are having to reinstall it to the same hardware four times, not giving it out to your friends or selling it on eBay. If you're lucky, they will unlock the key for one last install (with a stern warning that this is your last chance) instead of insisting that you buy another valid key at a 10% discount.

To me, this system does nothing to deter piracy and everything to force genuine, well intended customers to have to buy something they already bought once before. This is unethical and in my eyes, overtly criminal. It's why I refuse to buy Microsoft Office even though I can get the most expensive version through my part time job's employee discount for pennies on the dollar. LibreOffice does everything I need from an office suite, and it's free in every sense of the word.

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