Archive for the ‘open-source’ Tag
I was saddened to learn tonight to learn tonight of the death of Dennis Ritchie – especially since he died last October and I’m just now hearing of it. It seems unjust that someone who contributed so much was never given the recognition he deserved. As a Linux user (Linux is based on UNIX) and Computer Science major I owe so much to this man, I hope someday I get to express my gratitude to him for all he has done.
I just read an interesting blog entry by Eric Raymond, one of the leaders of the open-source software movement. Now, before your eyes glaze over because you think this is going to be some boring nerd rant, take a look at the following quote:
Cisco could change the terms of its service to give it even more sweeping and arbitrary privileges at any time. Or Apple could do that, or Microsoft could. The power relationship remains dangerously asymmetrical; the closed source remains their instrument of control over you.
This is why you should demand open source in your router, open source in your operating system, and open source in any application software that is important to your life. Because if you don’t own it, it will surely own you.
For anyone who doesn’t know, Cisco owns Linksys, the most popular brand of home router.
The entire article can be found here.