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Posted by timothy
from the just-in-time-for-mother's-day dept.
jrepin writes "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has just released in tandem the second edition of its president and founder Richard Stallman's selected essays, Free Software, Free Society, and his semi-autobiography, Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman and the Free Software Revolution."
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2 RMS Books Hit Version 2.0

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  • Re:Save 10 percent? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Squiddie (1942230) on Sunday May 08, 2011 @11:48AM (#36063644)
    It is, actually. In a freedom-respectin' PDF form too!
  • by wondershit (1231886) on Sunday May 08, 2011 @11:54AM (#36063704)
    Here [fsf.org] and here [gnu.org].
  • Re:Free as in BSD (Score:4, Informative)

    by perpenso (1613749) on Sunday May 08, 2011 @12:00PM (#36063778)

    I'm tired of this sad trolling. GPL advocates never complain about the BSD license. It's only BSD advocates that complain about the GPL. You know what? Just because you want to use other people's code without having to respect their conditions doesn't give you the grounds to demean the GPL, dude.

    Actually some GPL types don't respect the wishes of others as well, or possibly legal obligations.

    Regarding the actions by some GPL types who take dual licensed code and remove the non-GPL license in an attempt to make the code GPL only:
    http://kerneltrap.org/mailarchive/openbsd-misc/2007/9/1/153822 [kerneltrap.org]

  • by perpenso (1613749) on Sunday May 08, 2011 @01:16PM (#36064380)

    ... The GPL is the constitution that works towards my continued freedom as both an end-user and a developer. The BSD license is the license that allows other people to undermine and eventually destroy my freedom by building proprietary programs on top of mine that have a chance of eventually receiving all the time and attention of the world at large and thereby effectively destroying my freedom ...

    No. The BSD type licenses take nothing away from your freedom. You have your source, you can do whatever you want with it. Your network effect argument fails in two ways. First, you *assume* that your software would have become popular like the fork did. Your version, GPL'd or unforked BSD may have never caught on. The real work, the popular work, may have been the proprietary work. For example Apple's cocoa user interface code as opposed to the underlying freebsd code. You work may be the lesser replaceable part of the overall effort. Secondly, the network effect takes nothing away from you. For example linux works regardless of how many copies of ms windows are sold, and people are free to use and contribute to freebsd regardless of how many people use mac os x. There is no evidence to suggest that mac os x has diminished interest in or contributions to freebsd, quite the contrary actually. Mac os x elevated the awareness of and confidence in freebsd.

    Please use the GPL all you care to, that is of course your right. However don't attempt the farcical arguments to deny the greater freedom of the BSD path and the greater charity of the BSD devs. Rather accept the reality of the restrictions of the GPL and argue that their altruistic nature justifies them.

  • Re:Free as in BSD (Score:4, Informative)

    by arose (644256) on Sunday May 08, 2011 @01:48PM (#36064600)
    User freedom is valued more then distributor freedom with the GPL, that doesn't make it non-free any more then valuing people's freedom not to fight vs to fight in law makes us non-free.

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