"But, unperceived by most people, another possibility
is now being defined in the KDE 4 series of releases: a vision of
desktop-oriented computing in which individual applications are
enhanced by Internet resources without being dependent on them, and
all online interaction is not funneled through a browser. This
vision of the merger of the Internet and the desktop seems a far
healthier alternative than accepting online applications -- so much
so that I believe that which of these visions wins out could
directly determine the survival of free software.
"By that, I do not mean that freely available source code is in
any danger of disappearing. Rather, I mean that the goals of the
free software movement -- loosely speaking, the complete control of
computers by their users -- will become impossible if online
applications become the core of personal computing."
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