What is Free and Open Source Software?
Aramis is becoming hypercritical! Unique ID and Adelie to the rescue! The highly intelligent host of the Hello World Program wins the heart of the stubborn gnu by singing the Free Software Song. Join us now and share the software, you’ll be free hackers, you’ll be free!
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>> ID: Hey Adelie, want to see my vacation slides!
>> ADELIE: [Squawking excitedly]
>> ID: Here I am typing in the url to my destination… This is me entering my password the first time… And this is me entering my password the second time… Here I am using the forgot password feature…
>> KERNEL: [Squawking]
>> ADELIE: [Squawking]
>> ID: Aramis has become hypercritical? This sounds like a job for The Superusers!
>> KERNEL: [Squawking]
>> ID: Oh, right. To the Dolphin!
>> ARAMIS: But it still is and always will be “gnu”, no matter how many people pronounce it “Linux” by mistake.
>> NOEL: Okay, so… can I talk to Adelie now?
>> ID: So this is the file tree… My God, it’s full of stars.
>> ARAMIS: No, it’s just a deprecated Blender effect.
>> ID: What does that mean?
>> ARAMIS: It means nobody used it except for some silly puppet show languishing on YouTube. Watching anything in YouTube would be difficult. Youtube has ethical problems, see: https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/whats-wrong-with-youtube.html
>> ID: Aramis! Snap out of it! You’re a gnu, not a nag.
>> ARAMIS: And you have a Nintendo GameCube for a head.
>> ID: It’s called appropriation. I use my head to empower young and old to make their own media and engage critically with contemporary advances in technology.
>> ARAMIS: The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.
>> ID: In order to build the future, we must use the methods and materials at our disposal. Proprietary software isn’t evil. It’s the motivation behind its implementation that must be interrogated.
>> ARAMIS: Free software is a political movement; open source is a development model.
>> ID: We can’t feel defeated even if the world is overrun by megacorporations and Internet trolls. You know who you are… The ultimate success of the free software movement depends upon teaching our fellow puppets about the danger of not having software freedom and about the danger of a society losing control over its computing.
>> ARAMIS: You know what the difference is between you and me? I’m made out of fleece, which is soft and software tells hardware what to do.
>> ID: First, you can’t tell me what to do! I’m autonomous. And second, software and hardware must be united in the effort to build the digital commons. Join us now and share the software; You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.
>> ARAMIS: Hoarders can get piles of money, That is true, hackers, that is true.
>> ARARMIS & ID: But they cannot help their neighbors; That’s not good, hackers, that’s not good.
>> ADELIE: [When we have enough free software At our call, hackers, at our call.]
>> NOEL: We’ll kick out those dirty licenses ever more, hackers, ever more.
>> ALL: Join us now and share the software; You’ll be free, hackers, you’ll be free.
>> ARAMIS: It’s meaningless to talk about Creative Commons licence. The bad thing about Creative Commons is that it has produced a broad series of licences that have nothing in common. In fact, if you look at these licences and determine what is the freedom that is common to all these licences, the answer is…
>> ADELIE: [Annoyed squawk]