"GNU Emacs, in common with a few other very good things, is best appreciated through experience rather than cold-blooded description. Thanks to its sheer extensibility, and the long gestation of such shared code works, it has become all things to all people, and thus increasingly difficult to pin down"Read more »
back to when Richard Stallman had no gray hairs or wrinkles. Back to the time when RMS and the fine folks at the GNU project were writing compilers, debuggers, fileutils, shellutils, binutils, coreutils, diffutils, findutils, fontutils, Emacs, the Bash shell, and all the high-quality Linux tools that we take for granted, and that are the envy of Unix admins everywhere.Read more »
Despite my personal preference for Free and Open Source Software and open-standard documents, almost every document I create eventually ends up in some proprietary format. But proprietary formats, while convenient in their ubiquity, are inherently problematic, and there are some very compelling reasons to think twice about how you save your files.Read more »
"Their first question is indubitably: "Why would highly skilled people give away the fruit of their difficult labor?" Followed by, "If it's free, can it be any good?""Read more »
"...We are moving to a world in which in the twenty-first century the most important activities that produce occur not in factories, and not by individual initiative, but in communities held together by software[...]Tell people it’s free as in freedom. Tell them that if you don’t tell them anything else. Because they need to know..."Read more »
"...Firefox is created by a public process as a public asset. Participants are correct to feel that Firefox belongs to them. They are correct legally, since the Mozilla Foundation's assets are legally dedicated to the public benefit. They are correct practically because Firefox could not exist without the community; the two are completely intertwined..."Read more »
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the meaning of “open source” being eroded thanks to the likes of Centric CRM and Microsoft with a feeling that Microsoft is out to “corrupt the meaning and value of ‘Open Source’.”Read more »
In response to some of the comments I received on a previous article, and to show that while I don’t use Ubuntu, I do support it, here are six reasons everyone should at least try Ubuntu.Read more »
"I think you've made an astute prediction. Above all, the Free Software model is an extraordinarily powerful and enabling one, and for that reason it really doesn't matter, as long as public licencing is tight, who buys whom. Richard Stallman is a true visionary in this regard. Use it, but don't hog it..."Read more »
"Consider this: in just a few short years, the open-source
encyclopedia Wikipedia has made closed-source encyclopedias obsolete —
both the hard-bound kind and the CD-ROM or commercial online kind.
Goodbye World Book and Brittanica...
When listening to others talk about GNU/Linux it always strikes me as odd the argument that is used. That the Linux kernel was made usable by the marriage of the GNU tool set to it so therefor it should be called GNU/Linux as it is a blending of the two and Linux is only the kernel. On the face of it this argument makes sense ... if one doesn't think about it too deeply.Read more »
"A working group has been set up in January 7th, 2002 by APRIL and FSF France. The original idea is from Pierre Jarillon (ABUL president). The objective is to have Free Software classified as an intangible world cultural heritage by the UNESCORead more »
The problem isn't just silos and walled gardens — our names for choiceless dependency on one company's goods and services. The problem is the defaulted belief system that gives us silos and walled gardens in the first place.Read more »