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Re: [Ghm-discuss] [gnu-prog-discuss] Planning the next GNU Hackers Meeti

From: Richard Stallman
Subject: Re: [Ghm-discuss] [gnu-prog-discuss] Planning the next GNU Hackers Meeting
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:46:32 -0500

Most users are moving from PCs to phones and tablets.  GNU needs to
make this move, too, somehow.  The issue is to find a feasible path.

It is a hard problem because of several difficulties.

* The new hardware is a lot more secret than PC hardware.

* Much of the hardware is tivoized.

* We need work on software for phone calls.

* The GUIs may need to be very different.

* Lots of important features are patented and developers
are actually being sued.

For legal reasons, it is vitally important for us not to find out what
the specific patents are.  To have such knowledge would make us more
vulnerable.  If you ever happen to know about specific software
patents, please DO NOT talk about them in email to software
developers.  Especially not in email, whose existence would be
provable later.  Eyes shut is the rule with this twisted system!

Dr Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation
51 Franklin St
Boston MA 02110
Skype: No way! That's nonfree (freedom-denying) software.
  Use free telephony

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