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Re: [DotGNU]Revision 1 Philosophy file
Re: [DotGNU]Revision 1 Philosophy file
Thu, 04 Apr 2002 08:10:04 +0200
here is revision 2 of the Philosophy file. Thanks for the comments
"we believe that the concepts behind .NET are bad for the user."
"we believe that the concepts and intentions behind .NET are bad for the
Added owner of the data concept and rewrote the section where it is in.
Removed reference to the 'Blue screen of death'.
Added line breaks for better readability.
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 2 -
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
idealistic and tries to tackle questions related to freedom, ethics, principle
improving society. The Open Source movement avoids these questions.
Please note that if this document refers to free it refers to freedom to use,
modify and distribute, not to freedom of price.
This program is part of the DotGNU project. The goal of the DotGNU project is
'an operating system for the Internet'. DotGNU provides a platform on which web
applications, so called 'webservices', can run. Microsoft is also working on
system called .NET, we believe that the concepts and intentions behind .NET are
for the user. To prevent Microsoft from gaining yet another monopoly on the
platform, DotGNU was called into existence.
One of the bad ideas in .NET is the possibility of what is called vendor
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
through 'closed formats,' such as word processor document formats. Without the
the user cannot access the data in it's files and is therefore forced to use
DotGNU solves this problem by giving users ownership of their data. When an
owner of data
on a webservice want's to move to another webservice, then the webservice
provider must give
the user the executable code and in some cases (look in the DotGNU faq for more
info on this)
the source code of the webservice.
Another problem we have with .NET is the single-authentication service called
This system lets users store their data on a central server controlled by
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
service will be a major monopoly, which is bad for the users.
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 personal information.
DotGNU was founded by the GNU project and Free Developers. The GNU project is a
Free Software project with the goal to create a free operating system with
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
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
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
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
It will pay all developers to work on free software, and all developers will
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
so that they can be the first line of defense to protect the world from the
tyrannical tendencies of proprietary software.
The differences between Free Software and Open Source:
Why we use the term GNU/Linux