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Net Neutrality: what does the Google Verizon proposal mean for GNU Linux?

Aug 17, 2010, 04:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gary Richmond)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"Net neutrality has been a hot and persistent topic on the internet for some time, so I'm not even going to attempt to summarize the debate here. Anyone who values their personal and online freedom knows it's a crucial issue. Regardless of your operating system or the software we use it will affect each and every one of us. However, if you use GNU/Linux you're already tech savvy and familiar with the politics and philosophy of free and open software, so you'll be particularly sensitized to the impact of threats to net neutrality on free software. Just how could it affect users of GNU/Linux?

"Words you'll never hear

"You'll never hear Bill Gates say that GNU/Linux is the future of computing or Tony Blair claim that he's found WMDs in Iraq, and it's a sure bet too that you'll never hear a Windows user say that they've just upgraded the operating system online. If you have, you're starting to hear voices and you may be getting a visit from those nice young men in their clean white coats, with syringes and restraints. If you hear a Ubuntu user saying this, you won't bat an eyelid."

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