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Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Proposal to revise FSDG to exclude SaaSS-only soft

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [GNU-linux-libre] Proposal to revise FSDG to exclude SaaSS-only software clients
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2021 00:26:48 -0400

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  > - Telegram Desktop communicates exclusively with SaaSS Telegram
  >   servers, there is vendor's lock in, and there exist no free server
  >   software that users can host it themselves and thus operated client
  >   software such as Telegram Desktop with their own self-hosted
  >   servers.

That is basically true.  However, what that server does is not SaaSS.
SaaSS means a server offers to do a compation for you that you could,
in principle, do in your own computers without talking with anyone
else.  A communication server is not like that.


We recommand GNU Jami, which is fully decentralized.

    > where that API terms dictate
    > limits on how client software cannot be changed; this impairs users'
    > freedom, but we are are, due to GPL3, free to ignore such further
    > restrictions.

That sounds bad, but it is vague.  Could you tell me more about these
restrictions?  Have you studied what they say?

Dr Richard Stallman
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