Re: SSSCA Hits the Senate

Thunder from the hill (
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 17:19:34 -0700

Florian Weimer wrote:
> "Herman Oosthuysen" <> writes:
>>The obvious solution is to continue the way Richard Stallman envisaged:
>>***Distribute all code in source form only - no binary distributions.***
>>This way, the source files are protected under freedom of speech rules and
>>the originator of the work is safe.
> Unfortunately, this works only in the U.S. Other countries which will
> follow the US leadership in consumer suppression regulate free speech
> to make it conforming to law.
> I agree, though, that source-only distribution avoids many problems
> and is preferable.
But not all the people out there are skilled enough to install a source
distribution. Also, binary installations may go faster, and the youth of
today tends to not having time...
So there are still problems with it. If one day computers are all so
fast like the one who compiled a kernel in 7.56 seconds, and we have a
nice API for compiling, it might be great idea, but it might happen that
someone else will claim to have had the idea. This certainly won't be me.


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