Tag Archives: fsf

why not use paranoia to save the world ? #fsf #freedom #freelibresoftware #privacy

lets assume i am a software engineer working at @alexa, @facebook, @googspy, @intel, @microsoft or @siri and i am working on backdoors for @cia, @fbi, @gchq and @nsa

lets also assume i am a chinese/russian sleeper agent

do you not think i wouldnt also put in backdoors for the chinese/russians too ?

proprietry software is dangerous it is potentially lethal civil liberty violations are trivial in comparison

to save and protect the world you need to switch to free libre software (such as @tezos blockchains) today

FSF

TEZOS

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RMS talks about #freedom and @intel and others

RMS talks about #freedom and @intel and others

The Intel Management Engine with its proprietary firmware has complete access to and control over the PC: it can power on or shut down the PC, read all open files, examine all running applications, track all keys pressed and mouse movements, and even capture or display images on the screen. And it has a network interface that is demonstrably insecure, which can allow an attacker on the network to inject rootkits that completely compromise the PC and can report to the attacker all activities performed on the PC. It is a threat to freedom, security, and privacy that can’t be ignored.

 

some reasons to stop ignoring the #politics of #technology @eff @fsf @gnu #floss

some reasons to stop ignoring the politics of technology

(F)(L)OS(S) fragmentation

one the biggest problems with (F)(L)OS(S) is fragmentation !

even the name itself suffers from fragmentation what do you call (F)(L)OS(S) ?

  • free software
  • open source
  • free libre open
  • free libre open software

do we really need 1000 gnu/linux distros ? or is that part of the price we have to pay for freedom ?

are you free or non-free ?

are you free or non-free (as in veggie or vegan)

when it comes to your desktop distro ?

http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Main_Page

Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. Think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer.” Free software is a matter of the users’ freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software.

just check the following two lists and see which one your desktop distro is on

you may be surprised to discover the distro you are using isnt FREE LIBRE OPEN !

free

non-free

Skype gives up fight against GPL

According to http://laforge.gnumonks.org/weblog/linux/gpl-violations/

Skype gives up fight against GPL
Thu, 08 May 2008
Skype withdraws appeals case, judgement from lower court accepted

The court hearing in the "Welte vs. Skype Technologies SA" case went pretty well. Initially the court again suggested that the two parties might reach some form of amicable agreement. We indicated that this has been discussed before and we're not interested in settling for anything less than full GPL compliance.

The various arguments by Skype supporting their claim that the GPL is violating German anti-trust legislation as well as further claims aiming at the GPL being invalid or incompatible with German legislation were not further analyzed by the court.

The court stated that there was not enough arguments and material brought forward by Skype to support such a claim. And even if there was some truth to that, then Skype would not be able to still claim usage rights under that very same license.

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My favorite FSF campains

Ubuntu, Gobuntu and gNewSense

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Gobuntu

The new "Free software only" installation option in the normal Ubuntu (press F6 in the boot menu twice) basically achieves what Gobuntu is aiming for, as long as the general goal of having "clean" main and universe repositories is fulfilled (which is goal of the Ubuntu as a whole).

Given that many goals Gobuntu has are goals of Ubuntu in general also, and the fact that [WWW] gNewSense is anyway doing the work that can also benefit Ubuntu (knowledge of problematic packages), the mission of Gobuntu is a bit up in the air.

Mark Shuttleworth on Rethinking Gobuntu

The "current and future" thread on this list has got me thinking. 
Perhaps we really are on the wrong track, that the only way to meet the
needs of the gNewSense folks is to have completely different source
packages to Ubuntu. If that is the case, then I think it would be better

to channel the energy from Gobuntu into gNewSense.

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