Balancing accessibility and software freedom
Posted Aug 10, 2010 17:41 UTC (Tue) by coriordan
In reply to: Balancing accessibility and software freedom
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You're inventing stuff again. For example:
And if proprietary text-speech programs were "banned" [...]
You're extrapolating what you think RMS would call for, and you've gotten it wrong. RMS has said that if a law could be passed tomorrow to ban proprietary software, he would be against it. His reasoning is based on the idea that laws that don't express the will of the people are unjustified, and because there are freedom of expression considerations. First public opinion has to be changed, and then society could consider a law banning proprietary software, or banning just the sale of proprietary software.
You've also a factual mistake here:
the problem was not the closed-source program, but the opaque interface. If the printer standards had been open and documented, RMS could have written his own driver program.
Nope, it wasn't about drivers or APIs or documentation. They previously had a printer that ran free software, and they added a feature to the printer to send out a message when it was jammed. Then they got a new printer and wanted to add this feature to the printer, but couldn't because they didn't have the source code.
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