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I'm damn fed up with the FSF being the "protector of freedoms", and also feeling that they can define what those freedoms mean.

The GPLv2 is a *legal*license*. And no, the FSF doesn't get to define what the words mean to suit their agenda.

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mattflaschen

14 years 32 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago

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We get it. He doesn't agree with

We get it. He doesn't agree with the FSF's agenda, and Linux is not going to go GPLv3. That's okay; let's get over it.

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aboutblank

14 years 32 weeks 13 hours 58 min ago

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Torvalds is too short sighted.

Torvalds is too short sighted. You cannot develop technically superior software if you lack the liberty to do so. Having the right to make technically superior software today doesn't mean those liberties will exist tommorrow. Having the right to improve and share software is worth fighting for and we may lose these rights if we allow others to remove them from us. To ensure that we (as the user) have the freedom to write and share software, we must always be vigilant towards protecting the concept Free software rather than just tolerating Open Source software.

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mattflaschen

14 years 32 weeks 8 hours 45 min ago

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Sometimes you can develop technically

Sometimes you can develop technically superior unfree software. But to me, lacking software freedom is itself unacceptable.

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aboutblank

14 years 32 weeks 4 hours 44 min ago

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Well, I guess my point is: just

Well, I guess my point is: just having access to code (which is Torvalds's policy to Free Software) is not enough to ensure the user has the freedom to tinker with their machines as well as the freedom to share improvements made so the whole community may profit. Torvalds would say something like "don't buy that product if you disagree with the seller's terms" rather than opposing the seller's terms. This sort of belief is short sighted; if a consumer buys a machine, the consumer should have all the right in the world to modify and consult others as they wish. When we buy (and not just pay for a licence to use) your products, we should have the right to do anything that we wish with that product.

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rek2

14 years 32 weeks 3 hours 52 min ago

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Yap, I think Mr Torvalds is creating

Yap, I think Mr Torvalds is creating to much noise about this issue.. really if he will like to go gplv3 or not thats fine..
free software is bigger than one project(well in this case we can agree this project is important) but other projects are not making such a big deal... gplv2 is still free software...

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