NewsBot Posted June 2, 2015 Share Posted June 2, 2015 In 1983, when I started the free software movement, malware was so rare that each case was shocking and scandalous. Now it’s normal.To be sure, I am not talking about viruses. Malware is the name for a program designed to mistreat its users. Viruses typically are malicious, but software products and software preinstalled in products can also be malicious – and often are, when not free/libre.In 1983, the software field had become dominated by proprietary (ie nonfree) programs, and users were forbidden to change or redistribute them. I developed the GNU operating system, which is often called Linux, to escape and end that injustice. But proprietary developers in the 1980s still had some ethical standards: they sincerely tried to make programs serve their users, even while denying users control over how they would be served.View the full article Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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