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[News] RMS Explains Why Free Software Doesn't Miss the Point (Re: Licensing)

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Technological nirvana 

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| Software activist Richard Stallman on his philosophical roots, the Free 
| Software journey, and his impressions of India’s free software movement.  
| [...]
| “Around 2000, the news media in the U.S. decided to hide the Free Software 
| movement behind the tame, docile philosophy called Open Source. Open Source 
| doesn’t condemn anything, and shies away from the ethical issue of software 
| subjugation,” he says. “Open Source supporters have values the same as that 
| of Microsoft — convenience, reliability... They only differ on the means.”    
| Stallman insists that while his is an ideology that places freedom above all, 
| OS is all about practicality. “To disregard freedom for short-term 
| convenience is the act of a fool,” he says.   


OSI certifies European open source licence

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| The Open Source Initiative (OSI), custodian of the Open Source Definition 
| (OSD), has certified the European Union Public Licence (EUPL) as complying  
| with the OSD. Karel De Vriendt, head of the European Commission's eGovernment 
| programme, says this certification will make it easier to persuade European 
| governments to place their own self-developed open source software under the 
| EUPL.    



EU: Open Source Initiative approves European Union Public licence

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| The Open Source Initiative (OSI), one of the principal advocacy organisations
| on open source software, has unanimously approved the European Union Public
| Licence (EUPL) version 1.1 as an open source licence, on 4 March.


[Esp-action-alert] Raise awareness of "Economic Parasites", Brussels, Thursday
5th 8am

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| If you could be in Brussels between 8am and 9:30am tomorrow (Thursday 5th),
| please contact ciaran[at]fsf.org (GSM: +32 487 64 17 54).
| EndSoftwarePatents.org will be launching the "Economic Parasites" campaign
| and our first action will be to inform the attendees of Microsoft's "Growth
| and Innovation Day".
| Help is needed to hand out leaflets outside the entrance before this event.
| Since this is very short notice, if you know someone else who might be happy
| to help us, please forward them this email.
| Microsoft attacked free software and GNU/Linux users with software patent
| claims against the Tom Tom Navigator and its implementation of the FAT file
| system. With widespread support for GNU/Linux becoming a reality, are these
| patent claims an attempt to chill adoption by spreading fear, uncertainty
| and doubt (FUD)?  Let's remind businesses and politicians in Brussels that
| Microsoft is a parasite.

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