I just rejoined Facebook. Not because the reasons I had for leaving have changed, because they haven’t. But without Facebook I’ve had virtually no contact with my friends. So I decided to create a new account and Facebook as little information as possible. This blog will still be my primary place for posting things, but I’ll post links on Facebook to my blog posts.
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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.