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  • The FSF Has Certified A USB To Parallel Printer Cable For Respecting Your Freedom

    Phoronix: The FSF Has Certified A USB To Parallel Printer Cable For Respecting Your Freedom

    The Free Software Foundation has certified a new batch of hardware for being libre and meeting their "Respect Your Freedom" requirements. This newly-approved hardware for free software enthusiasts includes certifying an USB-to-parallel printer cable in 2019...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...-2019-Hardware

  • GreenReaper
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    Originally posted by Bsdisbetter View Post
    Even now, linux has a great office suite, but it has only niche gaming. Why? Poor graphics drivers? Lack of support for gaming input devices? I don't know. It's been many years since I worked for a game developer and back then it was all of the above plus a small market, no single purchase point, no willingness to purchase etc etc etc. Maybe steam et al will change that, I doubt it. Niche.
    Well, you have to get away from the idea of selling a game as a product. Instead you're selling the *creation* of a game. For free software the unit cost is driven towards zero. You might be able to provide a service of "adding specific features to this product", and that includes games.

    ​​There's another issue, which is that games are very similar to bespoke products. That's why you see office software getting a lot of work - they have collective value, and you're just polishing it. But many games have, historically, been version 1.0 products, and where they were not they still often contained an awful lot of new content.

    ​​​​It can be hard to build on that to create something as appealing to people six months down the line. After all, you played that game already. And if most of the audience for the game has moved on, who will dedicate themselves to polishing it?

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  • Chugworth
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    Originally posted by dos1 View Post

    Nope. Free Software isn't about "easy manipulation" just for the sake of easy manipulation. Software is just a set of instructions that cause your device to do things it instructs it to do. With non-free software, you give up the control over your computer does - and that's what FSF is against, with their set of four freedoms being designed to fight against. FSF, or even Stallman, aren't against copyright for art at all, because music or graphics aren't even remotely software-like in their purpose.
    Audio files and video files are sets of instructions as well. Sure they're limited in what they can do, but modern operating systems put safeguards in place that limit what applications can do with the computer hardware. From your explanation, it sounds to me like the creative works of software developers are being put at a disadvantage compared to the creative works of music composers and graphics designers. We can see how well they accept that.

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  • Bsdisbetter
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    Originally posted by xfcemint View Post
    For the desktop market share, in the past 30 years the dominant factors were
    - office suite
    - games
    - backwards compatibility

    Today, the game is mostly over, market positions have been established, and Microsoft is keeping their OS marketshare high by preinstalling it on laptops through their usual shady business practices.

    I wonder why doesn't EU sue them for billions of damages.

    But to get back to the issue, games are still somewhat important today for desktop experience.
    "office suite" - only ever important for corporate/business clients. Apple had WYSIWYG MS Word before PC. Apple was more expensive. Apple had a better graphics library in the toolbox or even later with Cocoa, but still loses out to Windows directxNN - why? Cost.

    Even now, linux has a great office suite, but it has only niche gaming. Why? Poor graphics drivers? Lack of support for gaming input devices? I don't know. It's been many years since I worked for a game developer and back then it was all of the above plus a small market, no single purchase point, no willingness to purchase etc etc etc. Maybe steam et al will change that, I doubt it. Niche.

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  • Chugworth
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    Originally posted by GI_Jack

    Here is the real brain fuck. No one at the FSF ever really considered rockstar or GTA because they don't play video games. Living outside reality is thinking that the Free software community needs video games for some reason.

    Here is the real "living outside reality": For most people, and especially the sane ones games are added bonuses, not the sole reason for being. Rockstar isn't a major company on anyone's radar, and GTA is not essential software.

    Gamers are delusional. There is this mistaken belief that Free software or Linux communities are desperate for them. We are not. Remember, a game needs an OS to run on, an OS does not need a game.
    Well I think it's obvious that the FSF hasn't considered how the gaming market would work in their utopia. But I was just using a game as an example. How about a fully open source Adobe Photoshop? How well would that work? I think Photoshop has been a bit more successful than GIMP. Would Adobe make as much money from Photoshop if everyone had access to the source code and could copy it around as they pleased?

    Open source is great, and certainly has its place. But when you want to make a living from your open source work, then things get complicated.

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  • dos1
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    Originally posted by Chugworth View Post
    As for the game assets, I don't see why that would be any different from the source code. Suppose, for example, I create a picture in an image editing program. My file would contain all of the layer data which allows for easy manipulation of the image. But for everyone else I just export a compressed, low resolution JPG file which has none of that. Same principle, right?
    Nope. Free Software isn't about "easy manipulation" just for the sake of easy manipulation. Software is just a set of instructions that cause your device to do things it instructs it to do. With non-free software, you give up the control over your computer does - and that's what FSF is against, with their set of four freedoms being designed to fight against. FSF, or even Stallman, aren't against copyright for art at all, because music or graphics aren't even remotely software-like in their purpose.

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  • SystemCrasher
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    Originally posted by Zajec View Post
    How do we know that microcode pre-installed on the Atheros AR9280 or Atheros AR9281 doesn't do anything nasty and "Respect Your Freedom
    Ath9k is rather funny thing. It mostly does not needs firmware - it just large state machine. Usb versions have small cpu to bridge it to usb, but ... there is opensource firmware (!!!) for that. Actually, it replaced other firmwares.

    Too bad later Atheros got swallowed by Qualcomm and these once again proven they are proprietary blob fans, so ath10k is pretty blobbed proprietary something. Still, if one does not wants to run plenty of unknown code in sensitive place (wireless network device), ath9k devices would be very decent choice. That's where FSF gets the point.

    p.s. as for apple gaming experience... here on phoronix you can find benches where opensource mesa beats dust out of apple's graphic stack. I guess they just failed to create optimized graphic drivers for their graphic subsystem.

    when Disney releases a movie, all of the development assets for that movie must be made available as well.
    I guess it would at least allow others to try to create fun stories. When I've been young, Disney's stories looked like fun. Now they clearly worn out and face art crisis, releasing some mediocre trash, weird characters and it gone as bad as they lobbying copyright laws to be 70 years past author death - because they started to have problems to create appealing characters it seems. Yet they want to earn money, milking ancient works of past. Even when author dies, dammit. That's how media mafia looks like.

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  • xfcemint
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    For the desktop market share, in the past 30 years the dominant factors were
    - office suite
    - games
    - backwards compatibility

    Today, the game is mostly over, market positions have been established, and Microsoft is keeping their OS marketshare high by preinstalling it on laptops through their usual shady business practices.

    I wonder why doesn't EU sue them for billions of damages.

    But to get back to the issue, games are still somewhat important today for desktop experience.

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  • Bsdisbetter
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    Originally posted by GI_Jack

    Here is the real brain fuck. No one at the FSF ever really considered rockstar or GTA because they don't play video games. Living outside reality is thinking that the Free software community needs video games for some reason.

    Here is the real "living outside reality": For most people, and especially the sane ones games are added bonuses, not the sole reason for being. Rockstar isn't a major company on anyone's radar, and GTA is not essential software.

    Gamers are delusional. There is this mistaken belief that Free software or Linux communities are desperate for them. We are not. Remember, a game needs an OS to run on, an OS does not need a game.
    Yep gotta totally disagree here. Sure linux isn't desperate for them because what is linux but a kernel but if the gaming platform of choice was a free OS the usage would be astronomial not niche. As it is desktop usage is pathetic compared to the major players.

    I would argue that gaming is what propelled the use of windows, that and cost. Many wouldn't use it but for the fact that games are supported by developers on that platform. Chicken & egg? Perhaps, but it does explain Apple's poor gaming experience.

    For example, Apple is a high cost platform meaning a smaller market share, PCs can be obtained far cheaper at comparable/better processing power. So why isn't linux the choice? Cheap platform, free OS, been around a long time and yet abysmal gaming experience.

    Either way, the boat has departed now, though, as consoles are the future (and present) and that's where the money is... aha money; something linux users as a generalization don't like to part with.

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  • Chugworth
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    Originally posted by Serafean View Post

    Well, since not releasing it doesn't stop it either, your point is kind of moot.
    I think that only the freedom of the source code would be an issue. The assets (textures, sounds and whatnots), as long as they're not executable, might be exempt of that requirement, while the product still RYF, because you could always make your own. Anyway, that's my take on it. (And of those reimplementing various game engines -- openmw etc..)
    Well sure piracy and cheating happens already, but it would be much easier if the source code was available. Of course, isn't the FSF against DRM also? I suppose the source code availability would make no difference for piracy then since everyone could already easily take the game and copy it for all their friends.

    As for the game assets, I don't see why that would be any different from the source code. Suppose, for example, I create a picture in an image editing program. My file would contain all of the layer data which allows for easy manipulation of the image. But for everyone else I just export a compressed, low resolution JPG file which has none of that. Same principle, right? It's digital content, and the end result is much more difficult to manipulate than the source. It seems to me that under this logic, when Disney releases a movie, all of the development assets for that movie must be made available as well.
    Last edited by Chugworth; 05-17-2019, 09:09 AM.

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