‘All software should be free to users'

HYDERABAD: "All software should be free and provide freedom to users," says Richard Mathew Stallman, the brain behind the free operating system GNU (GNU\'s Not Unix). Speaking at an e

Published: 09th February 2012 03:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:52 PM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: "All software should be free and provide freedom to users," says Richard Mathew Stallman, the brain behind the free operating system GNU (GNU's Not Unix). Speaking at an event organised by Swecha, a nonprofit body fighting for freedom of software in collaboration with Free Software Movement of India on Wednesday, the father of the free software movement said he would continue to fight for freedom to online users. Later speaking to Express he said, "I condemn the policies of governments trying to censor online content."  Terming the Government of India's proposal to spend Rs900 crore on online surveillance as unjust, he said the most dangerous terrorists are either governmentsponsored or letoff by them. When asked about cyber terrorism, he said, "There is no such concept as cyberterrorism. A democratic setup allows you to openly comment or abuse anything you feel about."

According to Stallman, devices which run proprietary software like Windows or the Apple OS are malicious. "These devices come with surveillance features and universal backdoors which lets the developer control your personal computers from remote servers, even without asking the user's permission. That is why I don't carry a cell phone."

Stallman also called for use of free software in all educational activities. "In educational activities, these software could be easily redistributed to different users without any added cost and make young children independent of closed software from the beginning," he says. He believes writing a free programme is his real contribution to the society. But he also had a solution to proprietary software just don't use them.

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp