Saturday, June 7, 2008

Whither rms?

The irony of Richard Stallman's creation Free Software Foundation is manifest in its confusion of the notion that "freedom" can have its meaning/referent changed as 1988 becomes 2008, etc.

"Free software is software that gives you the user the freedom to share, study and modify it. We call this free software because the user is free."

This (at least) implies that they're weaseling "free" to cover the fact that we are all mistaken in thinking it should refer to the software, not the user.


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