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OT: threats to Free Software (was: AW: Fwd: CEDET sync)

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: OT: threats to Free Software (was: AW: Fwd: CEDET sync)
Date: Tue, 02 Mar 2010 13:40:48 -0500
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> That project was basically finished 15 years ago.  The real threats to
> the GNU system today are (a) patents and (b) lags vs. commercial
> systems built on free software, even if they are not completely free
> software.

I think the real threat the FSF's ideals is that computers are being
split into two camps:
- cell-phones
- web-services
there are still some things in the middle (laptops/desktops) where users
can run Free Software, but the tendency is pretty clear.

Both sides (cell-phones and web-services) may internally run Free
Software, but users enjoy (currently at least) none of the freedoms
provided by Free Software.


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