FSF Issues Their Rebuttal To Apple's New iPhone, Watch & Apple Pay

Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 9 September 2014 at 09:36 PM EDT. 72 Comments
John Sullivan, the Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation, has commented on Apple's much anticipated launch of the iPhone 6, Apple Pay, and the brand new product line: the Apple Watch.

Sullivan criticizes those covering Apple's product launch today as "so much of the technology press acting as Apple's marketing arm" while covering up "Apple's continuing war on individual computer user freedom, and by extension, free speech, free commerce, free association, privacy, and technological innovation." Apple continues to impose Digital Rights Management (DRM) on their products, which upsets the FSF and other free software advocates, and how they use DMCA notices to attack those trying to unlock the platform to other software stacks like Android.

The Free Software Foundation instead encourages everyone to use the Replicant pure OSS fork of Android, use F-Droid for only free software apps on Android, etc. You can read the FSF response in full to Apple's launch today by visiting FSF.org. The Free Software Foundation didn't comment on when they think there might be a top-notch free software watch or what they're doing to push free software so they can endorse something better than a very outdated laptop, or pursue other initiatives to satisfy those wanting the latest and greatest technology while supporting free software but not compromising on quality.
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