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Q&A: Richard Stallman, founder of the GNU Project and the Free Software Foundation

http://www.vnunet.com

"In an exclusive interview with vnunet.com, Stallman discusses his views on free versus proprietary and open source software, social networking sites and privacy issues..."

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Mixing free and proprietary software: not a rosy future

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

A recent article caught my eye and turned it a nice shade of red. It discussed the 'hardly new' idea that the future of software usage 'must involve a mixture of free and proprietary products' something the writer refers to as 'mixed source'. The piece was entitled 'Mixed source - the best of both worlds' which may give you a clue as to where I disagree with it.

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World without Linux

http://blogs.computerworld.com

"Microsoft CEO and President, Steve Ballmer was happy as a clam today at his WindowsWorld keynote in San Francisco's Gates Center [...] At this point in his keynote speech, there was a disturbance in the front as a group of demonstrators started shouting "GNU-HURD! GNU-HURD! GNU-HURD!" The police quickly hustled them away..."

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Begging the Software Gods

http://dbzer0.com

There is a frustrating phenomenon that I notice amongst many technology enthusiasts and general users, the conditioning to pathetically expect new progress from the software companies. All too often I see someone claiming to be a fan, asking, pleading, begging, wishing, warning or even threatening any software company so that they would implement a feature that they wish for.

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Microsoft's global anti-user day

http://www.fsf.org

« Yesterday, Microsoft announced something they called "Global Anti-Piracy Day".

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EuroparlTV for everyone? No, only for users of proprietary software!

http://blog.sp.or.at

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EuroparlTV seems to work only for users of either Adobe’s proprietary Flash player (via the proprietary Adobe Flash file format) or users of Microsoft’s Windows Media Player (via the proprietary WMV file format).

What this means to an open web, that is usable for everyone should be clear.

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On the savannah, where the gnu roam...

http://www.fsf.org

"There are many services that will host your project's source code, mailing lists and bug trackers. While very few of these services charge for their services, most of them are built on proprietary software. Worse, some of them have started adding adverts for proprietary software in their mailing lists, or refusing projects with certain free software licenses [...] So, what's the alternative?

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Richard's Dream and Institutionalized Mental Illness

http://blog.linuxtoday.com

"...Something else that hasn't changed is vendor's annoying, no, make that pathological mania for secrecy. Another gadget you can get is one to read and decipher the trouble codes emitted by your vehicle's engine. These have just a tiny bit of storage, so if you don't capture the information quickly it's lost, which makes diagnosing a transient problem ever so much fun.

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[FSF] Free Software Supporter -- Issue 6, July 2008

http://lists.gnu.org

## In this issue
* It's not the Gates, it's the bars
* Act on ACTA!
* Fight the Canadian DMCA!
* Rhapsody and Naxos go DRM free
* Refusing Digital Monitoring Policies
* 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G
* autonomo.us activist group to focus on freedom in network services
* identi.ca is autonomo.us
* GNU spotlight with Karl Berry
* Richard Stallman's speaking schedule
* Take action!

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Environmental and social justice groups unite in support of free software

http://printsho.station193.com

"... While these environmental consequences alone are sufficient reason for many to reject Vista, the disposable computer mentality is a symptom of a larger problem—one that should concern all social activists. That problem is the dependency of activists on software owned and exclusively controlled by entities that design their software in ways directly opposed to grassroots social change.

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5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G

http://www.fsf.org

"The 5 real reasons to avoid iPhone 3G:

** iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can't be on everyone's phones.
** iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.

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It's not the Gates, it's the bars

http://news.bbc.co.uk

To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers.

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Are your Firefox extensions proprietary software?

http://commandline.org.uk

In the last-post, I went through the most popular Firefox extensions and talked about whether they were good ideas or not. However, it seems that not a lot of people think about another side to this, i.e. what are your Firefox extensions licenced under?

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Can we rescue OLPC from Windows? - by Richard Stallman

http://www.fsf.org

"I read Negroponte's statement presenting the OLPC XO as a platform for Windows in the most ironic circumstances possible: during a week of preparing, under a deadline, to migrate personally to an XO. I made this decision for one specific reason: freedom..."

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Microsoft and free software? I don't think so...

http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com

Microsoft turn to free software? That’ll be the day. Some have suggested that Microsoft might embrace free software and thus resolve the present conflict. That actually would be a terrific strategy for them, but I don’t think that Microsoft is smart enough to do it.

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