April 4, 2011 weblog
The Free Software Foundation takes aim at Gmail
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Free Software Foundation is at it again, promoting their laudable, if potentially unrealistic, goal to have all software released under a free software license. Their latest target for information freebies is Gmail. For those of you not familiar with this service, Gmail is the free web mail that is provided by Google.
Pardon my editorializing at this point, while free software licenses are a good thing, and this reporter enjoys the wide world of Open Source, the idea that companies owe these modifications is a little presumptive. There has to be some consideration, not for the companies, but for their users. The public release of the code for these websites and creation of HTML-only versions of these sites could lead to serious security issues. Not everyone is ethical, and once data is released for the public it is impossible to control how it will be used. I for one, would be more than a little angry if my personal data got out, because of your pressure to release everything into the open.
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