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Who Will Lead Free Software in the Future?

http://www.datamation.com

What, I wondered, happens when Stallman no longer leads? Will new intellectual leaders emerge, or will free software be limited to a single generation?

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Why have you switched to GNU/Linux?

http://www.idreamoflinux.com

There are many great reasons to switch to GNU/Linux. We would love to hear your story as to why you made the switch.

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A cyborg lawyer running on proprietary software

http://www.youtube.com

Video: Karen Sandler talks about her pacemaker and the software running on it.

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Resist the Temptations of the Cloud!

http://www.spiegel.de

In the age of cloud computing, technology companies decide which programs users can load on to their smart phones, while Facebook sells personal data to other companies to use. Internet users need to swim against the stream if they want to protect their privacy.

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FSF: Statement on OpenOffice.org's move to Apache

http://www.fsf.org

When OpenOffice.org moves to a non-copyleft license, there's a ready replacement for people who want a productivity suite that does more to protect their freedom: LibreOffice.

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Ditching Copyleft to Compete with a Fork?

http://ebb.org

I was disturbed today to read that Oracle will seek to relicense all OpenOffice code under the Apache-2.0 license and move OpenOffice into the Apache Software Foundation.

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Cell phones are 'Stalin's dream,' says free software movement founder

http://www.networkworld.com

Nearly three decades into his quest to rid the world of proprietary software, Richard Stallman sees a new threat to user freedom: smartphones.

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Free Software Parable

http://tod.fm

“What’s in this food?”
“You’ll like it. Just eat it.”
“I want to know what’s in it.”
“That is none of your business. It’s healthy. Eat it.”
“Healthy? By whose standards?”
“Our standards. Trust us.”

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Why You Should Only Buy Linux Pre-Installed on your Systems

http://www.geeksaresexy.net

Many Linux users are geeks, and vice versa, and geeks can build their own systems or at least install an OS, so why should we buy systems with Linux pre-installed? Why is it so important if the OS is free? Let’s talk about a little thing called “market share.”

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What Microsoft Linux Would Mean

http://linuxcanuck.wordpress.com

My son who is a Linux user and advocate and I had this conversation about five years ago. I think that it was even before Microsoft and Novell struck a deal. It was pre-Vista because we thought that Microsoft’s next OS could be Linux-based. We thought that it would happen, but are still waiting. (I’m being a Devil’s advocate, so don’t take me seriously or send hate messages)

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VLC developer takes a stand against DRM enforcement in Apple's App Store

http://www.fsf.org

Rémi Denis-Courmont is one of the primary developers of the VLC media player, which is free software and distributed under the GPL. Earlier this week, he wrote to Apple to complain that his work was being distributed through their App Store, under terms that contradict the GPL's conditions and prohibit users from sharing the program.

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Piracy and Free Software

http://mako.cc

This essay is a summary of my presentation at the workshop Inlaws and Outlaws, held on August 19-20, 2010 in Split, Croatia. The workshop brought together advocates of piracy with participants in the free culture and free software movements.

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Problems Don't Always Need Command-line Solutions

http://www.tildehash.com

"We see it all the time, someone straying from one distribution or another because you "have to use the command-line". I've even heard that in person, I've heard it too many times. So, I looked around to see what may be causing this impression, and sure enough it didn't take long to fine.

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Eight Ways GNOME Could be Improved

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com

Not too long back, I highlighted my feelings on KDE, detailing some of its shortcomings and talking about why it’s not necessarily the de facto desktop I’d recommend to people.

In this piece, I want to show you that the GNOME desktop has a number of issues that need attention as well. I’ll outline eight areas in GNOME that need to be improved for a better user experience.

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Free culture projects need a ubiquitous funding system

http://blog.thesilentnumber.me

The free culture movement, which is of a whole with the free software movement, has made a lot of great progress but is still struggling to prove itself to be economically viable in the mainstream. I might even go so far as to say that a lack of a better funding system is the single biggest thing holding back many existing and many more prospective free culture projects.

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