[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[DotGNU]Revision 4 Philosophy file
[DotGNU]Revision 4 Philosophy file
Wed, 15 May 2002 19:04:01 +0200
here is a new revision of the Philosophy file. The change is that the
file now says that not all DotGNU developers agree with the prinicples
of GNU and/or FreeDevelopers.
here is a new revision of the Philosophy file. The change is that the file now
says that not all DotGNU developers agree with the prinicples of GNU and/or
Here is the file:
DotGNU philosophy file
Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Copyright (C) 2002 FreeDevelopers.Net.
-- DRAFT VERSION --
-- REVISION 4 -
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.
Please note that DotGNU is not in any way anti-commercial. We are
anti-oppression, we can't
stand the legal tricks that some commercial firms use to tie the consumer to
them and to
keep him/her from using the software optimally. An example of that is product
If a consumer has bought a box with a certain software product in it, he/she is
free to install
it on a computer and to upgrade that computer. It isn't correct that the
consumer has to prove,
after upgrading a certain number of components, that he/she has bought the
Instead common court logic (a suspect is innocent until the opposite has been
that the software company must prove that the user has bought the product
illegally and may not
expect help from the consumer (nobody needs to help in a case against
product activation is completely illegal (from an ethical sense of view). We
fight for the
rights of users, but we don't fight against commercial businesses. For we see
it as everybody's
right to benefit financially from the production or distribution of software,
as long as it's
fair to both the producer and the consumer.
Though DotGNU is supported by two organizations (GNU and FreeDevelopers) not
developers agree with the principles of these organizations. If you would like
out more about these organizations, please visit their websites.
The differences between Free Software and Open Source:
Why we use the term GNU/Linux
- [DotGNU]Revision 4 Philosophy file,
Peter Minten <=