I love the Free Software Foundation. I give it credit for coming up with the world's best open-source license (GNU General Public License) and for holding the line on software freedom when many, including myself, stray at times. We need someone reminding us that freedom matters.
It may not always matter, however, in the way the FSF declares. Or, rather, the FSF should probably come up with a better alternative to proprietary software before putting up a sickly contender, as it has in a recent post castigating the iPhone for its use of DRM and other proprietary technology.
In place of the iPhone the FSF holds up one of the ugliest phones I've ever seen, with a UI that only a mother could love:
The iPhone is an attack on very old and fundamental values -- the value of people having control over their stuff rather than their stuff having control over them, the right to freely communicate and share with others, and the importance of privacy.... [OK, point well taken.]
The iPhone...is also a tracking device, and like other proprietary GPS-enabled phones, can transmit your location without your knowledge.... [Er, yes. That's what I'm hoping, actually.] Of all the technology people use that could be turned against them, this is one of the most frightening possibilities....[Growing increasingly paranoid, aren't we?]… Read more