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[News] FSF at FRhack, Free Software Message Extended in "Freedomware"

  • Subject: [News] FSF at FRhack, Free Software Message Extended in "Freedomware"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 01:10:14 +0100
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FRhack in live !

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| Below, youâll find the live report of FRhack international conference 
| in BesanÃon, for the first day.  But here is a snall overview of the 
| contents of this conference (in french, sorry !), ripped from the local 
| news...


The Stallman Paradox

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| Until society can resolve what I will call for the first time the 
| âStallman Paradoxâ, where learning and access enabling technologies, 
| such as for example digital books, conversely disables the freedom to 
| read and hence more than negates the actual benefits of said access, 
| the rush to embrace all digital libraries and textbooks is a rush to a 
| new dark ages.
| [...]
| The logical solution is one where the right to read and think, and to 
| share knowledge, is not made into a good that only few will be able to 
| experience. In the European dark age, education was an exclusive 
| privilege enabled only for a very few. While most societies today now 
| recognize that universal education is both a right and a need, the use 
| of mandated digitally restricted e-book solutions for education could 
| well return societies to a new dark age.


The Freedomware Project Manifesto

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| In addition, large software corporations often inhibit sharing of ideas 
| by not allowing the user to share the software with other people. 
| Software patents exist in order to prevent individuals from outdoing 
| the large organizations who wish to retain that âcompetitive edge.â 
| Having the source code was out of the question, and woe be unto those 
| who shared copies with other people, despite the fact that the software 
| in question was vastly overpriced. This is why organizations such as 
| the Free Software Foundation and the Open Source Initiative exists.




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| Freedomware is not intended as a term to replace Free Software or Open 
| Software aka FOSS, FLOSS. These terms have their niche and place in 
| They are well established and we are all better for it.  
| [...]
| We are not reinventing the wheel nor are we asking that Freedomware be 
| in lieu of Free Software or Open Source Software. We are after all, 
| scratching an itch! While simultaneously filling the communications gap 
| exists between the developers and the rest of the world.   

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