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From: Matt Lee
Subject: www/philosophy philosophy.html your-freedom-nee...
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 16:44:57 +0000

CVSROOT:        /web/www
Module name:    www
Changes by:     Matt Lee <mattl>        07/07/29 16:44:57

Modified files:
        philosophy     : philosophy.html 
Added files:
        philosophy     : your-freedom-needs-free-software.html 

Log message:
        new article by rms


Index: philosophy.html
RCS file: /web/www/www/philosophy/philosophy.html,v
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--- philosophy.html     27 Jul 2007 03:53:44 -0000      1.253
+++ philosophy.html     29 Jul 2007 16:44:49 -0000      1.254
@@ -62,6 +62,7 @@
   <li><a href="/philosophy/my_doom.html">MyDoom and You</a></li>
   <li><a href="/philosophy/15-years-of-free-software.html">15 Years of Free 
   <li><a href="/philosophy/free-software-intro.html">Free Software 
+  <li><a href="/philosophy/your-freedom-needs-free-software.html">Your Freedom 
Needs Free Software</a></li>
@@ -970,7 +971,7 @@
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-$Date: 2007/07/27 03:53:44 $
+$Date: 2007/07/29 16:44:49 $
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Index: your-freedom-needs-free-software.html
RCS file: your-freedom-needs-free-software.html
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+<!--#include virtual="/server/header.html" -->
+<title>Your Freedom Needs Free Software</title>
+<!--#include virtual="/server/banner.html" -->
+<h2>Your Freedom Needs Free Software</h2>
+<!-- This document uses XHTML 1.0 Strict, but may be served as -->
+<!-- text/html.  Please ensure that markup style considers -->
+<!-- appendix C of the XHTML 1.0 standard. See validator.w3.org. -->
+<!-- Please ensure links are consistent with Apache's MultiView. -->
+<!-- Change include statements to be consistent with the relevant -->
+<!-- language, where necessary. -->
+<p>Many of us know that governments can threaten the human rights of
+software users through censorship and surveillance of the
+Internet. Many do not realize that the software they run on their home
+or work computers can be an even worse threat.  Thinking of software
+as 'just a tool', they suppose that it obeys them, when in fact it
+often obeys others instead.</p>
+<p>The software running in most computers is <a
+proprietary software</a>: controlled by software companies, not
+by its users.  Users can't check what these programs do, nor
+prevent them from doing what they don't want.  Most people accept
+this because they have seen no other way, but it is simply wrong
+to give developers power over the users' computer.</p>
+<p>This unjust power, as usual, tempts its wielders to further
+misdeeds. If a computer talks to a network, and you don't control the
+software in it, it can easily spy on you.  Microsoft Windows spies on
+users; for instance, it reports what words a user searches for in her
+own files, and what other programs are installed.  RealPlayer spies
+too; it reports what the user plays.  Cell phones are full of non-free
+software, which spies.  Cell phones send out localizing signals even
+when 'off', many can send out your precise GPS location whether you
+wish or not, and some models can be switched on remotely as listening
+devices.  Users can't fix these malicious features because they don't
+have control.</p>
+<p>Some proprietary software is designed to restrict and attack its
+users.  <a href="http://badvista.org/";>Windows Vista</a> is a big
+advance in this field; the reason it requires replacement of old
+hardware is that the new models are designed to support unbreakable
+restrictions.  Microsoft thus requires users to pay for shiny new
+shackles.  It is also designed to permit forced updating by corporate
+authority.  Hence the <a href="http://badvista.org/";>BadVista.org</a>
+campaign, which urges Windows users not to 'upgrade' to Vista.  Mac OS
+also contains features designed to restrict its users.</p>
+<p>Microsoft has installed back doors for the US government's use in
+the past (<a
+href="http://www.heise.de/tp/r4/artikel/5/5263/1.html";>reported on
+heise.de</a>).  We cannot check whether they have successors today.
+Other proprietary programs may or may not have back doors, but since
+we cannot check them, we cannot trust them.</p>
+<p>The only way to assure that your software is working for you is to
+insist on Free/Libre software.  This means users get the source code,
+are free to study and change it, and are free to redistribute it with
+or without changes.  The <a href="/gnu/linux-and-gnu.html">GNU/Linux
+system</a>, developed <a href="/gnu/">specifically for users'
+freedom</a>, includes office applications, multimedia, games, and
+everything you really need to run a computer.  See <a
+href="http://www.gnewsense.org/";>gNewSense.org</a> for a <a
+href="/links/links.html#FreeGNULinuxDistributions">totally Free/Libre
+version of GNU/Linux</a>.</p>
+<p>A special problem occurs when activists for social change use
+proprietary software, because its developers, who control it, may be
+companies they wish to protest&ndash;or that work hand in glove with the
+states whose policies they oppose.  Control of our software by a
+proprietary software company, whether it be Microsoft, Apple, Adobe or
+Skype, means control of what we can say, and to whom.  This threatens
+our freedom in all areas of life.</p>
+<p>There is also danger in using a company's server to do your word
+processing or email&ndash;and not just if you are in China, as US lawyer
+Michael Springmann discovered.  In 2003, AOL not only handed over to
+the police his confidential discussions with clients, it also made his
+email and his address list disappear, and didn't admit this was
+intentional until one of its staff made a slip.  Springmann gave up on
+getting his data back.</p>
+<p>The US is not the only state that doesn't respect human rights, so
+keep your data on your own computer, and your backups under your own
+custody&ndash;and run your computer with Free/Libre software.</p>
+<!-- If needed, change the copyright block at the bottom. In general, -->
+<!-- all pages on the GNU web server should have the section about    -->
+<!-- verbatim copying.  Please do NOT remove this without talking     -->
+<!-- with the webmasters first. -->
+<!-- Please make sure the copyright date is consistent with the document -->
+<!-- and that it is like this "2001, 2002" not this "2001-2002." -->
+</div><!-- for id="content", starts in the include above -->
+<!--#include virtual="/server/footer.html" -->
+<div id="footer">
+Copyright &copy; 2007 Richard Stallman
+<!-- timestamp start -->
+$Date: 2007/07/29 16:44:49 $
+<!-- timestamp end -->
+<div id="translations">
+<h4>Translations of this page</h4>
+<!-- Please keep this list alphabetical. -->
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+<!--  - one of the lists under the section "Translations Underway" -->
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+<!--  to mail.gnu.org:/com/mailer/aliases -->
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