I was watching an issue of CNN’s “Forensic Files” early this morning when I was surprised to see GIMP on TV. A murder had been committed and the local anthropologist lacked software to compare a skull with a portrait to verify the identity of the victim. A local computer guru was able to use GIMP to compare photographs of the skull with the portrait. That set the police on a course towards solving the crime. It turned out the truck driver did it. DNA from a tooth compared to some surgical evidence confirmed GIMP’s conclusions.
What was interesting is that Forensic Files mentioned that GIMP was available to anyone for a $free download. I liked that. The software licence, GPL, described in generic terms the public can understand got out there.
Free Software is the right way to do IT. Instead of providing slave labour to others, paying multiple times over the cost of developing software and complying with onerous licences that restrict what you can do with the hardware you own, using Free Software like GIMP and GNU/Linux allows you to get on with what you want to do whether it is to browse the web or solve crimes.