Stålmannens bäbis fyller 30!

GNU 30 år

Idag är det 30 år sedan Richard Stallman utropade starten på GNU-projektet. Det firas på olika sätt jorden runt. Free Software Foundation Europe skriver bl a:

Free Software[2] puts the control of electronic devices where it belongs: with the people who own them. Today, Free Software is everywhere. It powers the Internet, our mobile phones, televisions, cars, routers, and electronic devices of all sorts. Free Software has fundamentally changed the way people create software: instead of preventing people to adapt the software to their own needs, they invite people to participate in the development.

Nästa generations utvecklare förväntar sig att ta del av andras, och dela med sig av sina kunskaper. I Göteborg tycker jag mig se detta i en tydlig trend, t ex på det sätt som användarträffar på blomstrat senaste åren. Btw, FSCONS i år går av stapeln 8-10 november.

Fyra självklara friheter?

Jag uppgraderade precis WordPress till 3.3 och till min stora glädje lyder en av de tre stora flikarna på sidan efter lyckad installation “Freedom”.

WordPress is Free and open source software, built by a distributed community of mostly volunteer developers from around the world. WordPress comes with some awesome, worldview-changing rights courtesy of its license, the GPL.

  1. You have the freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
  2. You have access to the source code, the freedom to study how the program works, and the freedom to change it to make it do what you wish.
  3. You have the freedom to redistribute copies of the original program so you can help your neighbor.
  4. You have the freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes.

Don’t you wish all software came with these freedoms? So do we! For more information, check out the Free Software Foundation.

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