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Free Software and SaaS; was: Re: Grand Unified System Installer (hurd di

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Free Software and SaaS; was: Re: Grand Unified System Installer (hurd distro) + my taughts and comments - new to hurd contributions, only taking my head out of the sand now.
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2009 17:40:11 +0200
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Am Montag, 17. August 2009 01:12:24 schrieb olafBuddenhagen@gmx.net:
> I certainly do hope that they won't, as this is fundamentally
> incompatible with the goals of free software -- but I wonder whether the
> majority of people really cares enough about giving up control over
> their computing... After all, most people don't mind using proprietary
> software; so using network-based services instead won't make much
> difference for them :-(

This shouldn't really be completely incompatible, since the GPLv3 allows 
combination with the AGPLv3 (which in effect allows relicensing GPLv3 software 
to AGPLv3).  

That way all free software under GPLv3 can be made SaaS-safe by making it 
AGPLv3, since that will require those who offer the software to supply the 

Then we'll be back in the time of dumb terminals, where the sysadmin installed 
all software and users adapted them and installed them into ~/bin when they 
weren't happy with some choice of the admin.  

But the users will still have more control over their environment than the 
users back in the time of terminals (as long as we get the desktops free).  

Best wishes, 

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Unpolitisch sein
hei├čt politisch sein, 
ohne es zu merken. 
- Arne (http://draketo.de)
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