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Blame the user, not the tool

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Jon maddog Hall: For the past several days people have been tweeting at me (and Linus) to change the license of Linux to forbid the kernel's use for war. These tweets were due to the issue of Linux being used in the drones of the US Military. I tweeted back “Do not blame the tool”, but I think that answer was too subtle, as the people kept tweeting. So here is a longer answer for them.

Android: not-so-open open source

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itwire.com: What was noticeable during the trial, which ran for more than a month, was the fact that most tech journalism outlets appeared to be on Google's side. Why is this so?

Robin Miller's formula for a successful open source career

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opensource.com: For an audience composed primarily of open source programmers, developers, and system administrators gathered at SouthEast LinuxFest, Robin Miller's message might be tough to swallow.

Why I think RMS is a fanatic, and why that matters

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esr.ibiblio.org: One of my commenters reports that he showed my essay on evaluating the harm from closed-source software to Richard Stallman, who became upset by it. It shouldn’t be news to RMS or anyone else that I think he’s a fanatic and this is a problem.

Thief open-sources Richard Stallman's laptop, passport, visa

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theregister.co.uk: Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, was distressed to find his personal belongings had been liberally distributed sans GPL - his prized laptop, wallet and passport were nicked at a conference in Argentina.

Evaluating the harm from closed source

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esr.ibiblio.org: Some people are obsessive about never using closed-source software under any circumstances. Some other people think that because I’m the person who wrote the foundational theory of open source I ought to be one of those obsessives myself, and become puzzled and hostile when I demur that I’m not a fanatic.

Less freedom is no freedom

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nicubunu.blogspot: From the beginning, when people started talking about Secure Boot some warned about the treat to Free Software, but they were pretty much dismissed by many as a bunch of hippies following the smelly RMS, we'll surely find a way around when will get to it.

What Does Microsoft Have to Do to Earn FOSSers' Respect?

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linuxinsider.com: Microsoft may not have fully endeared itself into the FOSS rank and file with its recent attempt to hold hands with the open source community. Feelings are not unanimous regarding the commercial software giant.

An open source analogy: Open source is like sharing a recipe

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opensource.com: I love listening to open source gurus explain open source to those who have never encountered it, and especially to those with little computing background.

BOOM! BOOM! Out Go The Lights on Oracle v Google

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