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Re: [Enigma-devel] Enigma on iPhone

From: Raoul
Subject: Re: [Enigma-devel] Enigma on iPhone
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 20:16:39 +0100
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> From http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html:
>   Free software is a matter of the users' freedom to run, copy,
>   distribute, study, change and improve the software. More precisely,
>   it refers to four kinds of freedom, for the users of the software:
>   - The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
>   - The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your
>     needs (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for
>     this.
>   - The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor
>     (freedom 2). 
>   - The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements
>     (and modified versions in general) to the public, so that the
>     whole community benefits (freedom 3). Access to the source code is
>     a precondition for this.
> Apple's control over what you install on your iPhone takes away all
> of those freedoms to some extent. For example, I cannot install my
> own modified version of Enigma. I have to install the version from
> App Store. This goes against everything the GPL and Free Software
> stands for.
> In my opinion, you do the Free Software community a disservice if you 
> release Enigma on the iPhone.
> Obviously, that's just my opinion as a Free Software-loving fan of 
> Enigma. In the end it's your choice. Because Enigma is Free Software. 
> Think about it!

I share this opinion in all points. I think, it's very important to
insist on these four freedoms, especially nowadays!

The idea of a closed platform is the wrong way for hardware of any kind.
It's the same with all those binary file formats without useful (if any)

Even if the facts in the FSF article may be outdated or wrong, the problem
still remains the same.

I want to add, that this is my very own view and not necessary
the one of the enigma devel team.

-- Raoul

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