Texto del artículo:A message from RMS: Support the Free Software Foundation
Please make a donation to help us meet our fundraising
goal of $450,000 by December 31st. With your gift, we can continue
to push the frontiers of free software.
|Richard M. Stallman at the European|
Dialogues in Spain, November 2016
I announced the plan to develop the GNU operating system in 1983.
GNU was to be a Unix-compatible operating system for timeshared
computers and for workstation computers. Not PCs, though, because
the PCs of 1983 were not powerful enough to run such a system.
Neither were laptops, of course.
In 1992, when the kernel Linux was freed and filled the last gap in
GNU, PCs had become more powerful. It was possible to run GNU on
desktop PCs using Linux as the kernel. GNU/Linux in 1992 was
"complete" in the sense that nothing essential was missing, but it
was rudimentary in that many much-used proprietary applications had
no free counterparts.
Nowadays many of those applications have been replaced, but some are
missing. Meanwhile, new theaters of computing have come to exist,
and the work of liberating them remains ahead of us.
All commercial mobile phones require proprietary software (in the
modem processor that talks to the phone radio network) that has a
universal back door: it can be changed remotely through the radio.
It should be a felony to make such a product, but it isn't.
With funds, the FSF could launch a campaign to make that practice a
felony. With funds, the FSF could develop a mobile phone that
encapsulates the modem processor so as to make the phone, in a
limited sense, safe to use.
On the other end of computing, many web sites' pages contain nonfree
and run in the user's browser. In many cases that code spies on the
With funds, the FSF could develop free software front ends to enable
Internet users to talk to various important web services without
running any nonfree software to do it.
Meanwhile, freedom is threatened even at the level of the processors
in PCs. The current generation of Intel and AMD processor chips are
designed with vicious back doors that users cannot shut off. (In
Intel processors, it's the "management engine".)
No users should trust those processors.
With funds, the FSF could campaign to pressure those companies to
give us a way to shut those back doors off.
We also need to enforce the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL)
against companies that regard its requirement to respect users'
freedom as a nuisance. This too requires funds.
Why do people support the FSF? Because they appreciate the
importance of the freedom that we defend, for them and for everyone.
However, since 1998 we have had to make an explicit effort to spread
awareness of this issue. In that year, a corporate-funded campaign
to disconnect free software from our ideas began to rebrand free
software as "open source" so as to disconnect it from our ideas of
right and wrong. People who don't understand how proprietary
software denies them freedom may not see what there is to fight for.
The FSF campaigns team spreads awareness of computing freedom. With
more funds, we could hire additional staff to do more of this.
Please support the FSF today.
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