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NewsForge: Politics in Free Software

Sep 09, 2003, 11:00 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Chance)

"When he added a line crediting the United States Army to four of his applications, Neil Stevens created a small storm in the KDE community; politics, people said, was not to interfere with KDE, and his credit was removed. However, when the KDE Web site took part in the online protest against software patents in Europe, people said politics was important to KDE. So what role does politics play in KDE, and in Free Software in general?

"Denying that politics can play any part in Free Software is of course absurd. Politics is not confined to a few officials in suits, it is part of the fabric of life. When I consume goods, I tacitly accept that the companies involved in the production of those goods are acceptable to me, or rather that their practices are acceptable; when I use Free Software, I make a political statement about my thoughts on copyright law, software development methods, and perhaps a little of my ethics..."

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