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Linux Journal: Examining the Nature of Freedom

Sep 28, 2006, 22:30 (7 Talkback[s])

A Fight Against Evil or A Fight for Attention?

"Two hot issues are making the rounds. First, Debian and Firefox are having a spat, and the end result may be that Debian will distribute Firefox under a different name. Second, the war betwen Linus Torvalds and other Kernel developers and the Free Software Foundation over GPLv3 is continuing, with Torvalds saying he's fed up with the FSF. Here is my take on both, and related issues.

"First, let me tell you a little about evil. Lies are evil. Greed is evil. When the attempt to satisfy one's own desire for power and/or wealth prohibits others from engaging in perfectly ethical practices, that is evil..."

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The Great Software Schism

"Following Nicholas Petreley's discussion of the GNU GPLv3 debate from one angle, I'd like to look at it from another--that of the cultures of the two groups involved--and what this implies for the future.

"The constant bickering between those who talk of 'free software" and those who prefer the term 'open source' is hard to avoid in the computing world..."

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