FSF was never about programmers. It was about users and users freedoms.
Posted Mar 22, 2007 9:33 UTC (Thu) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
Yes, but for the FSF, users == programmers. The GPL is all about securing
free access to the source code so people can hack on it some
more and share the results.
Posted Mar 22, 2007 10:59 UTC (Thu) by NigelK (guest, #42083)
Certainly in the projects I'm involved with, it's all about the code rather than "freedom".
Posted Mar 22, 2007 11:30 UTC (Thu) by anselm (subscriber, #2796)
The GPL can't really be »all about users« when it explicitly says that it
not regulate use of the code but modification and distribution
or modified form). The closest most »users« come to exploiting their GPL
freedoms is when they pass complete Linux CDs on to their buddies (which
is a good thing, to be sure), but to really make use of the freedoms the
gives you, you need to be a programmer. Which, to the FSF, used to be
fine, because on ITS, everybody was a programmer! It is only with today's
easily available PCs etc. that the gap
between »users« and »programmers« has become so obvious.
In fact, the main paradigm shift with GPLv3 is that it tries to branch
out into regulating what may be done with the code (e.g., don't
build a DRM system with secret keys) rather than to the code
(e.g., change it, pass it on). It is understandable that many people do
not buy this.
Posted Mar 29, 2007 18:40 UTC (Thu) by TRauMa (guest, #16483)
Posted Mar 22, 2007 18:09 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
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