Free Society, Free Software

This issue—necessarily—continues to discuss the digital impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with two items touching on the "protest ware" and the harms it caused. In the [objc retain]; episode linked, I mentioned an option that's open to free software creators and not particularly explored: the freedom to choose not to share the software. It's the act of sharing the triggers the copyright license, so if you are selective over who you share your code with you get to both enable the Four Freedoms and to withhold valuable software from people or organisations you don't want to work with. The implication is that while the software being Free is one principle, the community that is nurtured around that software may have its own principles (presumably including commitment to software freedom).




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