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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

Free Libre OpenSource v Proprietary Software

I'm sure rms has some excellent analogies but here are a few i just thought of :

  • Telling a programmer to use a Proprietary Software Package to produce a system is like telling an artist to use a painting-by-numbers book to produce a painting of a tree !
  • A Proprietary Software Package is like a car made of Meccano that is superglued together !
  • An OpenSource Package is like a car made of Meccano that the programmer can take apart and turn into an aeroplane !

Closed Proprietary Software stifles creativity just like a painting-by-numbers book.

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