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Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Declaration of Lindependence

As our effort comes closer, Larry Cafiero of HeliOS Solutions West has penned a sincere and humbling declaration. Some are sure to take offence to the obvious parallels between this and the original document.

It is the highest living honor one can render...your offence should be voiced in that it hasn't been done until now.

Declaration of Lindependence

When in the course of digital events, it becomes necessary for the people to dissolve the proprietary bonds which have connected them with their computer operating systems and other proprietary software.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all computer users are endowed with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are the pursuit of control of their digital experience: the right to choose their software, the right to run a program for any purpose, the right to study and adapt the program to one’s needs, the right to redistribute copies to help your neighbor and the freedom to improve the program and redistribute the improvements to the public for the benefit of all.

That whenever any form of corporate software hegemony becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to abolish it and institute a new system, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form that ensures digital choice and digital freedom.

When a long train of abuses and usurpations by proprietary softtware provided by multinational corporations design to subject computer users to digital despotism, it is the computer user’s right — it is their duty — to throw off this system, and to provide new safeguards for their future digital freedom.

We, therefore, the computer users of the world solemnly publish and declare that all computer users ought to be free and independent of proprietary software; that they are absolved from all allegiances to, and all political and social connection to, proprietary software, and claim all rights digital freedom provides. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our sacred honor.

You may go here to sign...

All-Righty Then - Thank you Larry.


Anonymous said...

Interesting, but you missed half of the entire opening statement. The original basically said "when people declare independence, they should say why." All you've got is "when people declare independence."

Otherwise, good effort!

kozmcrae said...

All you've got is "when people declare independence."

What are you looking at? The word "independence" does not appear in the body of that post.

Jeff said...

Anonymous: All you've got is "when people declare independence."

kozmcrae: What are you looking at? The word "independence" does not appear in the body of that post.

Anonymous was paraphrasing. And now I will attempt an analogy. The 'when' construct as used in the Declaration of Independence is effectively (not syntactically) like an 'if' construct in C-like languages. You should have "When <expression>, <statement>." The Declaration of Lindependence only has "When <expression>." It is like having an "if (x > 0) ;" in C code (which BTW gives you a "warning: empty body in an if-statement" if you use the -Wextra flag).

-- Jeff Smith