First FOSS OS?
Posted Mar 23, 2007 0:42 UTC (Fri) by anonymous1
In reply to: First FOSS OS?
Parent article: The road to freedom in the embedded world
> Linus doesn't, therefore nobody does,
"Linux community has done (and yes, I'll take at least some of the credit for that personally) has been to try to view it as just a license, i.e. strip the politics away from it." -Linus
It is not that nobody else does it. But just that I find that he is a good summary/reflection of OSS opinion.
OSS are a good example of spreading freedom via code, but they dont talk about the immorality of copyright. It is fine with Linus and a lot of other people if under current laws 99% of the worlds non-western people are criminals under copyright law. I dont think learning or using forms of knowledge should be criminalized.
> Before the FSF there was no such thing as freedom,
You are exaggerating here. I said that they talk about freedom of knowledge. Which is one aspect of the various freedoms of being a human.
> organizations like the ACLU are more recent developments?
I did not find that freedom of knowledge to be the defining role of ACLU, sure they have done good work with civil rights. But with freedom of knowledge?
Debian, EFF are much more recent organisations and dont do as much advocacy as FSF does.
>Yeah, Stallman took credit for BSD when I drove up to Boston to interview
Can you provide a link to his saying that? I know he claims to have influenced the BSD *License*, but I have not seen him take credit for the projects code. Link please.
>I'm sure he'll find a way to take credit for Adam Smith
Please stop this. RMS is controversial enough without you making things up and smearing him.
I am not objecting to you questiong GNUs contribution in todays FOSS world. But this is over the top.
> For a perspective on why open source is good
I have given enough thought to know that "open source" is good, your arguments are not new to me.
But Freedom of knowledge and Public Domain are even better than the "open source" that is where RMS philosophy comes in.
For a lot of people the slavery of copyright is OK. But for me it is not. d I wish not to be a slave to the "Intellectual Property" of anybody in the world.
Knowledge is not property. Deal with it.
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