Support the Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation does important work related to freedom in the digital age. I think supporting Richard M. Stallman is important. He talks before audiences to clear up about dangers and threats to users freedom in our networked world.
Non-free software does harm to the user, by prohibiting one of the 4 essential freedoms in computing.
- The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others (freedom 2).
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
There certainly different views to these demands. We have got even different terms to express our needs. Some call it opensource instead of free software.
Me, I personally prefer the term free software. So free software means to mean, I can run a program without limiting the usage e.g. how many installed systems the program runs on. Or I can read its source code to learn about how it works. Especially, when I think an application or a piece of code is useful. I want to share it. And the fact it has a publicly available source code, I can improve and fix it. As it might have a missing feature or a bug.
During the development of Advanced Gtk+ Sequencer. I often had to look at a certain libraries source code to figure out, what I could reuse from its structure and howto use the API the correct way. Sometimes, I wrote a small patch and contributed it.
The sharing mentality gives me a good feeling. To obtain quality good software is not a matter of price but rather a factor of availability. Documentation using open standards and Docbook XML should be wider adopted. Docbook XML provides you a vocabulary of tags for many formatting usages.
The Free Software Foundation does more. It fights using its campaigns against unjust behavior and threats in the digital age.