Free Software Foundation Keeps On Giving

“Meanwhile, freedom is threatened even at the level of the processors in PCs. The current generation of Intel and AMD processor chips are designed with vicious back doors that users cannot shut off. (In Intel processors, it’s the “management engine”.)
 
No users should trust those processors.
 
With funds, the FSF could campaign to pressure those companies to give us a way to shut those back doors off.”
 
See A message from RMS: Support the Free Software Foundation
RMS and the Free Software Foundation have given so much to the world: codification of the concept of Free Software, promotion of Free Software, the GNU project, great software licences, and much more. Personally RMS has travelled the world promoting Free Software to all who would listen from students, the media, governments and he’s had great results in Europe, India and South America. Freedom is not just for USAians or other privileged classes. It’s for everyone.

Lately, I’ve been on my personal campaign to replace our IT with newer and better stuff and in particular replacing AMD, and Intel processors with ARM. My principal motivation was cost, efficiency and freedom from monopoly but RMS has given me another motivation, confidence in the hardware itself. Even ARMed chips may have “backdoors”. The ultimate Free Software will have to run on chips made by the world for the world and not greedy corporations or power-hungry governments. I have one more thing for which to live a few more years just to see the world become a better place.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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10 Responses to Free Software Foundation Keeps On Giving

  1. Deaf Spy wrote, “Care to comment, Robert?”

    • It’s like I’ve been saying for ages, FLOSS is the right way to do IT. M$ is not incapable of doing the right thing.
    • M$ can and does reap the benefits of sharing the load.
    • M$ is still playing catch-up in FLOSS. If you add up all the contributions they are still a small share of the whole pie, but they do benefit from being able to eat of the whole pie.
    • I still don’t trust M$. I know there is a new generation taking hold but Bill is still there lurking behind the curtain. He has no soul, when it comes to Freedom for software and users.
  2. Deaf Spy says:

    “Dave designed and wrote the hypervisor for Xbox One,” Multerer said, with an obvious sense of awe. “He wrote the entire bottom of the stack. Because the hypervisor is there, Xbox games can run on Windows. That’s why apps run on Xbox One”
    https://news.microsoft.com/features/the-engineers-engineer-computer-industry-luminaries-salute-dave-cutlers-five-decade-long-quest-for-quality/

  3. DrLoser wrote, “Stallman hasn’t written anything worthwhile since about 1980 or so”.

    Crap! and irrelevant. Linus hasn’t written but a tiny portion of the Linux code. He’s a manager. RMS is a leader. Neither of them should be wasting too much time coding. Their skills and energy are best spent elsewhere. Typically, the physical productivity of a human being peaks somewhere in the “30s”. RMS is 63 and Linus is 47. Neither of them are young Turks any longer. They are elder statesmen.

  4. DrLoser says:

    RMS is a loon, Linus is the better party.

    I’m very much inclined to agree with this position. In terms of technology, Stallman hasn’t written anything worthwhile since about 1980 or so — which is antediluvian. Torvalds started about a decade after than and was forced to work with the shambles that RMS left him. And, critically, Torvalds has been continually upgrading his “stuff” for the last twenty five years, and incorporating any new tech he can find … ARM being a good example.

    I’m pretty sure that, if Linus started from scratch today, he wouldn’t use any Gnu stuff at all. He’d be using CLang, quite possibly systemd, and he’d probably look at a lot of research projects out there to do with modular OSes (not the haphazard monolithic monstrosity that he has been forced to create), decent audio and video stacks (none of which were available to him in 1992, which is why … X, sigh) and all sorts of interesting things.

    Torvalds, for all his prickles, builds things. Stallman just prates about them.

  5. Wiz, that’s like saying the guy who built the house was the guy who installed the roof. Linus may have installed the roof but RMS built the foundation.

    Posted from TLW’s notebook newly installed of Debian GNU/Linux.

  6. wizard emeritus says:

    RMS is real all right…a real waste. The simple reality is linus was the one whose contribution got things moving.

  7. Agent_Smith says:

    Linus is a sold out.

    RMS is the REAL thing.

  8. ram says:

    Free and Open Source software is probably the greatest contribution to mankind this century.

  9. dougman says:

    RMS is a loon, Linus is the better party.

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