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Software Freedom

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Software Freedom
Date: Tue, 04 May 2010 16:09:03 -0000
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    The iPhone vision of the mobile Internet’s future omits
    controversy, sex, and freedom, but includes strict limits
    on who can know what and who can say what. It’s a sterile
    Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed
    lawyers. The people who create the apps serve at the
    landlord’s pleasure and fear his anger.

    I hate it.

    I hate it even though the iPhone hardware and software are
    great, because freedom’s not just another word for anything,
    nor is it an optional ingredient.

Many decades later we see just how prescient Richard Stallman
was in how he foresaw the result of accepting non-free software.

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