Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 22, 2006 11:36 PM
Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul
Francois Rabelais, c. 1494-1553
The BSD license pretty much allows anything. The GPL license allows for the use of GPLed software for any purpose. Free software's freedom number 0 specifically affirms "the freedom to run the program, for any purpose". So there is no doubt that anyone can use free software for any purpose. Even for running an extermination camp's database or target urban areas for carpet bombings. Science, per se, has no opinion on good and evil. Only humans can have that sense.
It is incumbent upon us, GNU/Linux, developers and admins to make our choices. We should encourage other members of our community to think about the cause which our efforts serve. It is incumbent on us *as individuals* to refuse to serve the Hegemony.
Some of the most visible members of our community only care about "having fun", some care about being on the bleeding edge of software production methods, whereas others, such as RMS,have *always* realized that free software is not an end, but only a means to the greater, far more important, end: freedom.
Serving the Hegomony is diametrically opposed to, and inherently incompatible with, serving the cause of freedom.
I hope that all of us will find the courage to do what which is right.