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  • Jun 7th, 2015 @ 2:19am

    Re: Oracle really didn't think this one through

    The paradox thing about this lawsuit is that it is not about money at all: Java is licensed under a free software license, so Google was always free to use it.

    The license said however, that whoever uses the code has to make all additions compatible with the original license and put the derived work under the same free software license. It said that it is not allowed (for anyone but Oracle) to distribute unfree additions to Java.

    Google however decided to put the android developer tools which use the Java API under a license which allows unfree additions.

    For the free software community this an especially strange situation: If Oracle wins, then Java in Android must be completely free licensed. If Google wins, then the free software community has the right to replace unfree implementations of programming languages with free ones.

    I hope Google wins in the end, because even though it is nice to have a strong copyleft language now, on the long term I consider it as more important to be allowed to replace any unfree tool with free ones without having to rewrite everything which uses the tool.

  • Jun 2nd, 2012 @ 8:38am

    Writing to the web (as Arne Babenhauserheide)

    I loved that speech! And when he finished, I had tears in my eyes…

    But what I thought again and again: We need more people to use Freenet: Decentral free software, can be read anonymously, easy to write to, and not even the need to be online 24/7 to publish your website or blog - but avoiding central control.

    I hope it will be part of the freedombox.

    http://freenetproject.org

  • Jun 2nd, 2012 @ 8:36am

    Writing to the web (as Arne Babenhauserheide)

    I loved that speech! And when he finished, I had tears in my eyes…

    But what I thought again and again: We need more people to use Freenet: Decentral free software, can be read anonymously, easy to write to, and not even the need to be online 24/7 to publish your website or blog - but avoiding central control.

    I hope it will be part of the freedombox.

    http://freenetproject.org

  • Mar 2nd, 2010 @ 8:00am

    Powers that be… money concentration vs democracy (as Arne Babenhauserheide)

    This shows painfully how the powers are currently distributed.

    90% of the recources, so they have more influence on the media which then influences which people are elected into positions of power, and then these elected pass laws which shift more power towards the