Skype telephone giveaway- but not for Linux users
geekboy at angrykeyboarder.com
Fri Jun 15 10:52:38 UTC 2007
manchicken spake thusly on 06/13/2007 05:53 AM:
> On Tuesday 12 June 2007 17:41:36 Bruce Marshall wrote:
>> On Tuesday 12 June 2007, manchicken wrote:
>>> Please forgive me for valuing freedom. I was merely brought up to think
>>> that taking someone's freedom away was wrong. If you're okay with such
>>> atrocities that's your thing... just don't be surprised when I choose to
>>> oppose the restriction of freedom and all who approve of it.
>> Who's taking your freedom away? You have a choice to use proprietary
>> software or not. That's freedom of choice.
>> There's nothing Skype can do to take freedom from you. Just don't use
>> their software.
> I was talking about freedom. I asked a question about freedom and received an
> answer about freedom.
It sounded more like you were talking about "software source code
freedom". "Freedom" as a word is has much farther reach....
> There is something skype could do to violate both your freedom and your
> privacy. Their license is implicit (not requiring signature) and forces you
> into their terms without any other choice if you want/need to use skype.
> Their client is proprietary and so is their network, so nobody really knows
> what they are and are not recording.
Nobody really knows who's reading your (unencrypted) email, either....
> As I said before, if these aren't your ethics then that's your choice. I,
> however, will continue to oppose proprietary software regardless of your
> dislike for my opinions and ethics.
Personally, I prefer the philosophy of noted FLOSS advocate and
publisher, Tim O'Reilly. He's a *huge* FLOSS advocate, but he also
wants the best (software) tool for the job.
Unfortunately the best tool doesn't always come from FLOSS. I suppose
that's why he feels that way.
I share his philosophy.
I generally prefer FLOSS but like O'Reilly, I'm a realist, so I don't
foolishly limit myself. I don't understand why anyone would.
©2007 angrykeyboarder™ & Elmer Fudd. All Wites Wesewved
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