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mentioned it on linuxquestions, will do here

Postby freemedia » December 11th, 2019, 6:48 am

actually i came here looking for someone, who seems to have left the forum. which means that the reason that i was going to join is no longer valid.

but as long as im here, i will post this:

The freedom to NOT run the software, to be free to avoid vendor lock-in through appropriate modularization/encapsulation and minimized dependencies; meaning any free software can be replaced with a user’s preferred alternatives (freedom 4).


- peter boughton

i dont know if this matters to any of you or not, you can just let me know.
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Re: mentioned it on linuxquestions, will do here

Postby golinux » December 11th, 2019, 5:51 pm

The freedom to NOT run the software, to be free to avoid vendor lock-in through appropriate modularization/encapsulation and minimized dependencies; meaning any free software can be replaced with a user’s preferred alternatives (freedom 4).
Typo? Freedom 4 or Freedom 5? You are popping up all over the place. :) This place however is a dead zone these days. The rebels who left DUF all those years ago have moved on . . .
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Re: mentioned it on linuxquestions, will do here

Postby freemedia » December 11th, 2019, 6:48 pm

This place however is a dead zone these days. The rebels who left DUF all those years ago have moved on . . .


it looks that way, yes. at least joining was free.

golinux wrote:Typo? Freedom 4 or Freedom 5?


the fifth is numbered 4 because the first four are numbered 0 to 3.
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Re: mentioned it on linuxquestions, will do here

Postby golinux » December 11th, 2019, 7:17 pm

LOL! Of course. That's going to confuse some folks though. Machines and people think differently.
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Re: mentioned it on linuxquestions, will do here

Postby freemedia » December 11th, 2019, 7:40 pm

golinux wrote:That's going to confuse some folks though.


i think it already does sometimes, but 0-based indexing is a pretty harmless lesson that can help people understand the machines.

personally, i probably would have numbered the freedoms 1 to 4-- the new one would be numbered 5 then. there is a footnote in the free software definition that says they added 0 later. the internet archive copies bring this into an intriguing dispute, but its possible the footnote is still accurate.
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