FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Posted Nov 10, 2010 8:15 UTC (Wed) by anselm
In reply to: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Parent article: FSFLA: Linux kernel is "open core"
Denying access to knowledge and the means to help one self is now INCREASING freedom?
It's been that way for quite some time. For example, the FSF has objected
to distributions that even hint that non-free software exists for them, no matter if (e.g., in the case of Debian) that software is not part of the actual distribution.
Also consider the recent »FSF hardware endorsement« issue, where one of the conditions of FSF approval was that the packaging of the approved device will not display Windows or MacOS compatibility badges.
The idea seems to be that people won't know that non-free software exists unless they are explicitly told, and that this knowledge must be withheld from them at all costs so they won't be lured away by the non-free side. In effect, the FSF (and FSFLA) appear to think that free-software users are mindless sheep who need somebody smart (like themselves) to keep them out of harm's way. Religions and dictatorships work that way but I don't think it is really appropriate for the Linux community, where people are mostly fairly savvy.
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