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When "Freedom" doesn't mean "freedom"
Fri, 2008Jul25 08:26:14 PDT
in Software by kamikaze

Yet again, the enemies of freedom are trying to redefine reality with their NewSpeak.


First, some context:

A couple weeks ago, the "Free" Software Foundation put out another of their communist rants against people making money from the products they produce (or just read it being angrily dismantled by the Angry Drunk). This isn't news of any kind; the FSF shouts out their schizophrenic drivel on a daily basis, and it deserves no attention.

[Update: The "OpenMoko" phone the FSF is pushing can be seen in these OpenMoko Train Wreck videos... I don't think iPhone has anything to fear here.]

John Gruber of Daring Fireball proves the screed to be false in even its least insane point, that you can't write GPL software for the iPhone, by pointing to GPL software for the iPhone.

FSF apologist Aristotle Pagaltzis then claims "John Gruber doesn’t understand freedom"...

Yeah, he does. Everyone understands freedom:

n 1: the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or
    think without externally imposed restraints
2: immunity from an obligation or duty [syn: exemption]

What WordPress and Gruber may or may not have misunderstood are the precise legal terms of the GPL, which is an extremely unclear and legally unsound document. But everyone understands the word "freedom"... Except the "Free" Software Foundation. The GPL is, by definition, a violation of real freedom: it imposes restraints on what you can do, such as distribute software to certain app stores. It's discriminatory against all commercial enterprises.

This has to stop. Children, crazy people, and communists like the FSF should not be permitted to redefine the language used by adults who work for a living. Freedom means freedom, it does not mean "stuff Richard Stallman would like".

As I've said before, if you use the GPL, you give crazy people power over what you can do with your own work.

The root problem is that the GPL has been marketed as a free software license, when in fact it is nothing of the sort, it is filled with restrictions and poison pills to make sure you cannot use it in any productive, commercial fashion. The solution is simple: stop using the GPL. If you want to give out source, use the BSD or MIT license. If you only want to give out source to people you like, say so up front and give them an individual license.

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