jm + free-software   6

thoughts on rms and gnu -- wingolog
I can hear you saying it. RMS started GNU so RMS decides what it is and what it can be. But I don't accept that. GNU is about practical software freedom, not about RMS. GNU has long outgrown any individual contributor. I don't think RMS has the legitimacy to tell this group of largely volunteers what we should build or how we should organize ourselves. Or rather, he can say what he thinks, but he has no dominion over GNU; he does not have majority sweat equity in the project. If RMS actually wants the project to outlive him -- something that by his actions is not clear -- the best thing that he could do for GNU is to stop pretending to run things, to instead declare victory and retire to an emeritus role.

Note, however, that my personal perspective here is not a consensus position of the GNU project. There are many (most?) GNU developers that still consider RMS to be GNU's rightful leader. I think they are mistaken, but I do not repudiate them for this reason; we can work together while differing on this and other matters. I simply state that I, personally, do not serve RMS.
rms  gnu  leadership  open-source  foss  free-software  organisations  emeritus 
5 weeks ago by jm
US government commits to publish publicly financed software under Free Software licenses
Wow, this is significant:
At the end of last week, the White House published a draft for a Source Code Policy. The policy requires every public agency to publish their custom-build software as Free Software for other public agencies as well as the general public to use, study, share and improve the software. At the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) we believe that the European Union, and European member states should implement similar policies. Therefore we are interested in your feedback to the US draft.
government  open-source  coding  licenses  fsf  free-software  source-code  us-politics  usa 
april 2016 by jm
IRS says free software projects can't be nonprofits - Boing Boing
In a disturbing precedent, the Yorba Foundation, which makes apps for [GNOME], has had its nonprofit status application rejected by the IRS because some of [its] projects may benefit for-profit entities.
law  us  gnome  yorba-foundation  linux  gpl  free-software  oss  nonprofits  501c3  tax 
july 2014 by jm
simon listens
open-source speech recognition for Linux and Windows. must give this a go! (Via Alexander Seewald)
speech-recognition  floss  free-software  kde  speech  recognition  linux  audio  accessibility  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
KS2009: How Google uses Linux [LWN.net]
Google resync to the latest kernel every 17 months or so -- not bad, actually
google  linux  kernel  open-source  gpl  free-software  from delicious
october 2009 by jm

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