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[DotGNU]Revision 1 Philosophy file
[DotGNU]Revision 1 Philosophy file
Tue, 02 Apr 2002 19:08:36 +0200
thanks to the helpful suggestions David Nicol made me, I've been able to
work the grammar bugs and some bad phrasings out of the Philosophy file
(at least I hope I did). The result is sticked to this e-mail. Comments
Silvernerd (Peter Minten)
"Using Linux is like walking over a ray of bricks, not as beautiful, but
a lot more substantial than light."
DotGNU philosophy file
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Copyright (C) 2002 FreeDevelopers.Net.
-- DRAFT VERSION --
-- REVISION 1 -
Everyone is permitted to copy and distribute verbatim copies
of this document, but changing it is not allowed.
This software is Free Software, not Open Source software. The Free Software
movement is idealistic and tries to tackle questions related to freedom,
ethics, principle and improving society. The Open Source movement avoids these
Please note that if this document refers to free it refers to freedom to use,
copy, modify and distribute, not to freedom of price.
This program is part of the DotGNU project. The goal of the DotGNU project is
to create 'an operating system for the Internet'. DotGNU provides a platform on
which web based applications, so called 'webservices', can run. Microsoft is
also working on such a system called .NET, we believe that the concepts behind
.NET are bad for the user. To prevent Microsoft from gaining yet another
monopoly on the webservice platform, DotGNU was called into existence.
One of the bad ideas in .NET is the possibility of what is called vendor
lock-in. Vendor lock-in is what happens when a user has been using a resource
and wants to move to a different, competing resource, but the resource provider
makes that difficult or impossible, through 'closed formats,' such as word
processor document formats. Without the old webservice the user cannot access
the data in it's files and is therefore forced to use that webservice.
DotGNU solves this problem by making it mandatory for webservices providers to
give their users the executable code (and the source code if the user wants
this) of their webservice if the user asks for it. The user can then run the
webservice locally and use it's files. Problem solved.
Another problem we have with .NET is the single-authentication service called
Microsoft Passport. This system lets users store their data on a central server
controlled by Microsoft. This creates great security threats because a cracker
can then crack that server and get the personal information of millions of
people. Also the government of the country in which the server is located could
pass legislation allowing it access to that data. This would allow that country
to spy on people. And of course the single-authentication service will be a
major monopoly, which is bad for the users (anybody who ever looked at a blue
screen saying that the system has crashed will know the consequence of this).
DotGNU provides several competing but interoperable single-authentication
systems. Our systems can run on either a remote server under the same
conditions as webservices or it can run on the user's own computer. This will
make it harder for unauthorized individuals or groups to get at confidential
DotGNU was founded by the GNU project and Free Developers. The GNU project is a
giant Free Software project with the goal to create a free operating system
with applications. Today the GNU project has accomplished this goal, the
operating system GNU/Linux is now used by millions of users. Note that we use
the term GNU/Linux to recognize the tremendous effort that the GNU people have
put (and are still putting) into the system as well as the superb job the Linux
folks did and do. There are also other GNU operating systems like GNU/BSD,
GNU/Tru64 and GNU/HURD. The different GNU systems are all highly compatible.
The GNU project is highly dedicated to the principle of giving users the
freedom to use, modify, copy, and distribute programs. Also the GNU project has
made it a goal to create free documentation.
FreeDevelopers is a democratic entity for the development of free software. The
free company, probably the first of its kind in the world, will be owned and
run by developers worldwide on a democratic basis in a sacred trust for the
benefit and protection of the world's citizens. It will pay all developers to
work on free software, and all developers will receive company shares and stock
options, also. All software of the free company will be licensed under the
General Public License <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/license-list.html> (GPL
<http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html>) and remain free/open forever, because
all software must be available to all current and future generations of
developers, so that they can be the first line of defense to protect the world
from the inevitably tyrannical tendencies of proprietary software.
The differences between Free Software and Open Source:
Why we use the term GNU/Linux
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