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We should all be using free software

http://www.guardian.co.uk

"Making source codes available would safeguard users from infringements on their freedoms and prevent monopolies..."

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Why computer programs should not be patentable – In easy-to-understand terms.

http://silentcoder.co.za

"Lawyers have successfully managed to argue that computer programs are not mathematics and thus should not be covered by the exclusion of mathematics from patentable material. This comes from a deep misunderstanding of how computers really work – particularly as implementations of a universal turing machine. Some great papers on this have been written – including this one at groklaw.

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Stallman slams filter as ‘human rights attack’

http://delimiter.com.au

"Labor’s controversial mandatory internet filter project is an attack on human rights, and Australians should beware of the project and other tyrannical government policies, free software luminary Richard Stallman has said [...] The news comes as Prime Minister Julia Gillard this morning reiterated the Government’s support for the filter project, despite the likely demise of its necessary legi

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Media's response to the hacker != cracker open letter

http://matija.suklje.name

A few days ago FSFE Fellowship group Slovenia sent an open letter concerning the misuse of the term "hacker". There is an English translation (with the Slovenian original) available. Today we are happy to report that this action had a bigger impact that we hoped for!

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Why Free Software is a Matter of Life and Death

http://www.computerworlduk.com

Free software has an importance that extends way beyond the world of software. But for most people, it's hard to understand why software freedom is really that important. So this new report “Killed by Code: Software Transparency in Implantable Medical Devices” from the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) provides a handy opportunity to get the message across.

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Life is not read-only

http://www.lifesnotreadonly.net

They say it is piracy.

Downright stealing from other people, that’s what downloading is. You’re taking something for sale and not paying for it. Do you shoplift, or break into houses? Why should you download for free?

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Why WordPress Themes are Derivative of WordPress

http://markjaquith.wordpress.com

In the past few days, WordPress has become entangled in a debate about WordPress theme licensing. It was specifically centered around Thesis, one of the last notable proprietary theme holdouts. Chris Pearson, who develops and sells Thesis, refuses to license Thesis under the GNU General Public License that applies to WordPress and all WordPress-derived code.

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How to Access the Internet (A Guide from 2025)

http://blogoscoped.com

A manual about how to access the Internet in the future (satire).

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Could Free Software Exist Without Copyright?

http://www.computerworlduk.com

[…] this does result in the paradoxical situation that the GNU GPL actually *depends* on copyright, an intellectual monopoly, in order to spread intellectual freedom. Moreover, it seems to doom free software into a kind of symbiosis with copyright, forcing it to remain a supporter of that monopoly, since without it, the approach used to make the GPL so powerful would not work.

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GOLEMs are better than "Intellectual Property" -- Passing criticism on "IP"

http://blogs.fsfe.org

Have you ever heard someone saying "Intellectual Property is a dumb term, please do not use it" in the parliament? Well it happened in the German Bundestag: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren said it during the internet enquote this week.

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Free Software Street, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org

"The free software street is a street about 300 meters from the city of Berga, province of Barcelona (Spain), located from the coordinates 42.097168, 1.841567 to 42.096138,1.839265. The particularity of this street is the first in the world dedicated to free software movement, and which was officially opened by Mr. Richard Stallman, founder of free software, on 3 July 2010..."

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You Say Linux, I Say GNU/Linux

http://www.linux-magazine.com

The older I get, the more certain I am that most discussions consist of arguing over half-truths. In fact, the more strongly everyone argues, the more likely that nobody has the complete truth. And nowhere does these hard-won truisms seem more accurate than in the age-old argument over whether the operating system we all live by should be called Linux or GNU/Linux.

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Why The Firm, Simple Declaration Against ACTA - by Richard Stallman

http://www.fsf.org

"ACTA, a treaty designed to attack the rights of computer users in some 40-odd countries -- and others later -- is encountering increasing opposition. ACTA threatens, in a disguised way, to punish Internet users with disconnection if they are accused of sharing, and requires countries to prohibit software that can break Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), also known as digital handcuffs.."

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BSD vs Linux

http://www.over-yonder.net

While there's overwhelming similarity between the operating systems in most cases, there are also a lot of differences. As you probe more into the differences, you find that they emerge from deep-seated disagreements.

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The behavioral economics of free software

http://mdzlog.alcor.net

People who use and promote free software cite various reasons for their choice, but do those reasons tell the whole story? If, as a community, we want free software to continue to grow in popularity, especially in the mainstream, we should understand better the true reasons for choosing it—especially our own.

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