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Goal of software movement is that all software be free: Stallman

11 Sep 2010

Kozhikode: The goal of the Free Software movement is that all software be free so that all software users could be
free, Richard Mathew Stallman, Software freedom activist, said here.

Delivering his keynote address at a national conference on 'Free Software in Education', organised by the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C), here last night, Stallman said 'denial of freeom to computer users to alter or modify the source code is an injustice'.

The supporters of proprietary software were restricting the freeom of the user to control his own computers, he said, adding proprietary software imposes unethical social system on its users.

'The distinction between a Free and Proprietary software is not a technical distinction, but it is about the ethical, social and
political question of what freedom individual users and groups of users have', he said.

Non-free software keeps the users divided and helpless, Stallman, the founder of Free Software Movement, said.

Urging the people to join his movement against the false propagation of various groups against free software, Stallman called upon the public 'to reject software that distributed in a way to divide you from your community.

The use of free software in society is development, he said, adding the advocates of proprietary software never stand for the development. Chief minister V S Achuthanandan in the complimentary message which was read at the function, emphasised the need for the use of free software.

Kerala Government had decided to use Free Software at the school, he said. PTI

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