[rumori] [web radio] Left out? The Free Software Movement (fwd)

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Tue Mar 13 2001 - 09:58:47 PST

sorry for late notice, this is in progress now - just found
out about this late last night....

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Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 18:36:41 -0800
From: Becky Bond <bbondATwafs.com>
Subject: [web radio] Left out? The Free Software Movement

You've heard of the Free Speech Movement,
but are you hip to the Free Software Movement

Sitting in for Laura Flanders, Becky Bond talks about the politics behind
free software, open source, and why the left should care about the fight
over digital rights on Tuesday's RadioForChange program on KWAB.

>> RadioForChange can be heard on the Internet <<
>> Weekdays from 9-11am PST and 12-2pm EST. <<
>> Tune in at www.radioforchange.com <<

A grassroots revolution is afoot. Not in Washington or Miami or Tijuana. But
in the lines of code that make millions of digital communciations and
transactions possible each day. It has to do with how your software is made,
who can modify it, and where it can be distributed.

You've heard about the Free Speech Movement, but are you hip to the Free
Software Movement? Free love it aint, but it might prove to be the basis of
the most radical shift of power from corporations to the people that this
country has ever seen. That is, if vested interests don't get in the way.

With guests

>> Bradley Kuhn, VP Free Software Foundation <<
>> Rob "Commander Taco" Malda of Slashdot.org <<
>> programmer and activist Matisse Enzer <<

For once, collectivism has created a product that is more powerful, more
stable and more salable than supposed free market entities like Microsoft
can muster -- the operating system and kernal known as GNU/Linux. This is
what is called free software. And that's free as in liberty --- not free as
in beer -- as its supporters are quick to point out.

But in popularizing GNU/Linux, many people have resorted to abandoning the
political language of the Free Software Movement in order to concentrate on
the software's many practical advantages such as its benefits to business
and technological superiority. And it's become known more by the term "open
source software" than by it's original tag, "free software."

On today's RadioForChange program, Becky Bond sits in for Laura Flanders and
we take an in depth look at the Free Software movement and the growing
popularity of "open source" software. Find out why the fight over free
software matters and how the outcome of the current squabbles over digital
rights and patents will affect even people who don't use computers or the
Internet for decades to come.

Is free software good because of it's committment to the freedom? Or is it
simply a project of crackerjack programmers that just happen to be freedom
loving? Can free software survive in the marketplace if stripped of its
inherent bias towards liberty? Or does politics have the potential to get in
the way of what is merely a more transparent and more efficient way of
building software?

Join the discussion Tuesday, March 13 from 9-11am PST and 12-2pm EST.

Guests include Bradley Kuhn, Vice President of the Free Software Foundation,
Rob "Commander Taco" Malda of Slashdot.org, and programmer and activist
Matisse Enzer.

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