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Software freedom means no lock-in.

Couldn’t decide on one quote for this post, so I’m going with two. Read them both.

The 4 Software Freedoms: -The freedom to run it for any purpose -The freedom to study and change how it works -The freedom to distribute copies and help your neighbor -The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions (Paraphrased from the Free Software Definition @ www.gnu.org) "You know, there are some words I've known since I was a schoolboy: 'With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aron Satie as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged." -Jean-Luc Picard
The 4 Software Freedoms:
-The freedom to run it for any purpose
-The freedom to study and change how it works
-The freedom to distribute copies and help your neighbor
-The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions
(Paraphrased from the Free Software Definition @ www.gnu.org)
“You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: ‘With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.’ Those words were uttered by Judge Aron Satie as wisdom and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.” -Jean-Luc Picard

Free Culture

This is why I support the idea of Free Culture. Obviously Thomas Jefferson was not writing with culture in mind, but I do think he deliberately chose wording that could be applied in a wide variety of situations. The Free Culture idea is all about liberty and the pursuit of happiness: the liberty to take and reuse the culture that has been forced upon us. Disney did not ask my permission to inject Mickey Mouse images into my mind. Nor did Warner Brothers, Bad Robot, or the Blender Foundation (gotta include some good guys in this list!). If they force their culture on me, it becomes my culture. I will use it as such.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This is what free/libre/open source is all about

This is what free software and free culture are all about: the process of invention, of taking existing things and using them in novel ways that the previous inventors never even dreamed of.

"Here we ask those what if questions, and we are free to imagine what the answers look like. We're encouraged to look around us at the things that exist and imagine how we could make them better, how we could take them to the next level, how we could transform them." -Naomi Novik
“Here we ask those what if questions, and we are free to imagine what the answers look like. We’re encouraged to look around us at the things that exist and imagine how we could make them better, how we could take them to the next level, how we could transform them.” -Naomi Novik

This quote is why I do Open Source

This quote – I don’t know how I originally found it – is one of the reasons why I got into Open Source. I remember, several years ago, printing it out and putting it above my bed so I would always have this reminder of why a good person does what he/she/xe does.

"Before our white brothers came to civilize us, we had no jails. You can't have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor he had no horse, tipi, or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them way. We had no money, and therefore a man's worth couldn't be measured by it. We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians, therefore we couldn't cheat. We really were in a bad way before the white men came, and I don't know how we managed to get along without THESE BASIC THINGS" -Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
“Before our white brothers came to civilize us, we had no jails. You can’t have criminals without a jail. We had no locks or keys, and so we had no thieves. If a man was so poor he had no horse, tipi, or blanket, someone gave him these things. We were too uncivilized to set much value on personal belongings. We wanted to have things only in order to give them way. We had no money, and therefore a man’s worth couldn’t be measured by it. We had no written law, no attorneys or politicians, therefore we couldn’t cheat. We really were in a bad way before the white men came, and I don’t know how we managed to get along without THESE BASIC THINGS” -Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions