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Code Freedom: Why Does It Matter, And To Whom?

May 22, 2010

Today’s XKCD:

I’m no Richard Stallman (who the guy with the beard is obviously meant to be), but I occasionally get the same sort of eye-roll from people when I tell them that I don’t do PowerPoint/Word/Excel, I don’t have access to a Windows machine (or to a Mac for that matter), I don’t want to, and I don’t want an iPhone (or an i-anything) either.  The eyes start rolling when I try to explain why I’m not interested in computing that way.  I’m sure it sounds very pointlessly ideological to people for whom computers  (and computer-based technologies) are just appliances, tools suited for certain jobs.  You don’t get political about your dishwasher.  Why is a computer any different?