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‘I am not a free software exponent, but I am a free market exponent’

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| I am not a free software exponent, but I am a free market exponent. The
| reason why Red Hat made perfect sense as a business model is not that
| technically we gave away our source code, with a licence for anyone to use
| it. What we were actually doing is giving control to the consumer of the
| software, instead of the vendor. So, open source was a series of tactics to
| achieve that end. It is about smooth functioning of the free market. People
| say open source is a very radical idea, and question whether any other
| industry can follow the open-source model. My only way is to question that
| assumption. Only in the software industry, the vendor had control over the
| way the consumers use the product. Imagine you buy a car, and the dealer who
| sold you the car had the key to the hood (bonnet) of the car. If your engine
| starts making a noise, he can say that it is not a bug, but a feature.


Comp. sci. activist to talk computing freedom at U

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| Stallman’s interest in free software was sparked, Reidl said, when he found
| himself prohibited from using the source code he himself had written for a
| program because MIT had sold it to another company.
| “He’s been interested in free software where the programmer can’t lose to
| anyone else or take away from anyone else the right to have access to that
| program ever again,” said Reidl.
| In the case of free software, ‘free’ refers not to price, but to the freedoms
| available to software users.
| “Think of free speech, not free beer,” the GNU project website reads.



Freedom Walk - To claim, ensure and preserve Freedom

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| Millions of people worked hard and even paid with their lives to earn us the
| freedom we enjoy today. Is our current generation aware of the value of this
| freedom? From the lack of social and political sensitivity and the lack of
| activism in our society it might seem that this is not so. It is as if we are
| devaluing freedom every day. With the commercialisation of almost every
| sphere of life, most people are not able to find any time to put in effort to
| fight this alarming trend. Most, but not everybody. At Zyxware, we have
| decided to focus our efforts to tackle this issue head on.

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