[Dev] About EOMA68 video presentation license

André Silva emulatorman at riseup.net
Thu Aug 11 13:51:33 GMT 2016

On 08/10/2016 01:40 AM, lkcl . wrote:
> ok so we got permission, eric from crowdsupply explained that actually
> what they do is assign the campaign organisers the right to use the
> videos that they produce, especially for promotion, which is great.
> so yes please go to it! :)


> now, andre, i have a special favour to ask, it's because many people
> really do not actually truly understand what software libre really is
> about.  i wanted to reach out to you to explain some insights i have
> learned from chris (thinkpenguin.com, my sponsor) and from watching dr
> stallman be verbally attacked and abused during questions at hopeconf
> 2016.
> people genuinely genuinely believe that to be committed to software
> libre is some sort of zealous idealistic extremism - a form of mental
> illness, even - which is not only downright rude but is totally wrong.
> the people who believe this see a committment to ethical standards:
> they don't like to be reminded that they made a conscious or
> subconscious decision to COMPROMISE on ethical standards, and, rather
> than admit that to themselves, they go into all-out ATTACK.  blame the
> other person instead of accepting responsibility.  works a charm.
> in talking to chris i have come to learn that a committment to
> software libre results very simply in hardware that JUST WORKS.  i
> told people i think it was about 200 to 300 times: "hassle-free
> computing: stuff that just works.  thinkpenguin do the research... so
> that you don't have to".  and *everybody* i said that to got it
> immediately.
> some examples: they sell ttyACM modems.  not to linux users... but to
> windows users!!  people who have windows xp tend to live in remote
> areas, where broadband is not profitable.  they have old conexant
> soft-modems.  they upgrade to windows 7... only to find that the
> drivers aren't maintained for windows 7!   why?  because... it's not
> profitable.   now they're totally disconnected from the internet.  so
> they phone up chris and say, "thank god you have ttyACM hard-modems -
> please sell me one!"
> they sell PCIe-to-USB3 cards that they've researched work
> out-of-the-box and do not require firmware.
> they sell AR9271 802.11n USB WIFI modems that they spent 2 years
> walking atheros through the process of releasing the ath9k_htc
> firmware that goes into the libre firmware repositories.
> and guess what?  the only support calls that they get are down to
> flaky customer hardware (usually extremely poor quality laptops that
> the customer ows where the USB controllers are not properly
> functional) and to "whitelisting" in proprietary BIOSes (usually WIFI
> cards so that Dell and IBM can sell you expensive whitelisted PCIe
> products at a huge markup).
> it's the same with printers: they pre-vet the printers.... and the USB
> Audio dongles... and the Hauppaug USB TV tuners... all these things
> *just work* because they've gone to a lot of trouble to find them,
> check them, track down the firmware and make sure it's libre.
> 12 years ago i bought *six* soft-modems in a row, taking every single
> one back to the shop because none of them worked with linux.  that was
> 2 days travel-time wasted.
> *this* is what software libre is really about, on a really practical
> level.  not even anything really to do with conspiracy theories or
> spying and so on, although we know now that that's not actually
> conspiracy but that it *really does* happen.  we also know that 900
> million qualcomm-based android devices are soon going to end up in
> landfill.
> what we really do not hear enough about is that if you respect
> software freedom and use libre hardware, the driver incompatibility
> issues that everyone over the past 10-15 years has associated with
> hardware and put up with despite really really hating it.... all those
> issues disappear.
> i know you truly understand this, because you run libre software down
> to the bedrock of your computing devices, but please can i urge you to
> consider making it a really key point of your talk so that more people
> can get the message that there really is a way to have less problems
> with their computers.
> l.

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