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New page: Freedom in Computing Explained

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I added the new page yesterday and would like to read any comments you would have on that.

It's a difficult job to address the theme of free computing directly, in a very readable format. I tried to make the following points:
- source code availability is important for everyone (including non-programmers)
- free / open source does not mean no privacy or security
- freedom is a broad and important issue.

Olivier.

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To explain things clearly, let us imagine that the software we use (such as Windows® or Gnu/Linux) is like an immaterial car. Thus, users are like drivers, who choose, pay for, and drive their vehicle.

At the end of that paragraph, add this:
These cars are different from normal cars; they aren't restricted by the nature of material things.

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Only one person is allowed to drive. You can't copy the immaterial car and let someone else enjoy it.

Change that to:
Although by nature it is possible to copy the car, you are not allowed to. With some cars, if you try to copy it, the copy will self-destruct.

I found two typos:

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You pay the manufacturer for a right to use his software and he sets his conditions for use in a license;

Another link for the links section:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/FLOSS_Concept_Booklet

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Thanks so much, a thing. These are very useful comments.

a thing wrote:

At the end of that paragraph, add this:
These cars are different from normal cars; they aren't restricted by the nature of material things.

Added and much needed!

a thing wrote:

[...]
Change that to:
Although by nature it is possible to copy the car, you are not allowed to. With some cars, if you try to copy it, the copy will self-destruct.

Also added, much better phrased.

a thing wrote:

[...] typos:

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You pay the manufacturer for a right to use his software

I do not understand what you mean :strumpf:

a thing wrote:

Another link for the links section:
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/FLOSS_Concept_Booklet

Ah! What a brilliant web page. I had been looking for exactly this for so much time! This is definitely a must-read for anyone not familiar with free software.
It now of course sits with the links.

Thanks again
Olivier.

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Quote: You pay the

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You pay the manufacturer for a right to use his software

'His' is not politically correct, and you are paying for the right to run the compiled end product. 

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AndrewB wrote: Quote: You
AndrewB wrote:

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You pay the manufacturer for a right to use his software

'His' is not politically correct, and you are paying for the right to run the compiled end product.

I think he simply meant that I re-jumped inadvertently from the car analogy to the software world Smiling

corrected this now.

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You pay the manufacturer for a right to run the car and he sets his conditions of use in a license,

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You pay the manufacturer for a right to run the car and he sets his conditions of use in a license,

Should be "permission to drive".

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re: permission to drive
a thing wrote:

Should be "permission to drive".

Thanks! I should pay more attention sometimes =)

Change done (sorry for lateness)

Olivier.

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