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Software freedom in the 21st century.

(Maybe a list of problems to be addressed)

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I saw a rant about how the FSF was doing the wrong things and it made me think about where the problems lie today.

So let's count down some problems.

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We'll give the first few hits to the FSF:

The printer driver problem:

There's a useful feature the software doesn't have. You have the skill and desire to add it, but you can't because you don't have the source code.

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The TIVO problem:

You'd like to adjust the software, but you can't, even though you have the source code, because the machine will only run code signed by the creator.

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The SaaS problem:

You'd like to adjust the software, but you can't, because it runs on a server and you're just buying the service.

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The Warcraft 3 Reforged Problem:

Some piece of software you use is replaced with an inferior version via automatic updates.

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The Google Reader/Wave/Plus Problem:

Some piece of software you use is just taken away.

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The iPhone Fortnite problem:

You're not allowed to install a piece of software on your own hardware because it's not on the approved list.

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The PlayStation 3 Store problem:

Software for your hardware can no longer be acquired because supporting the platform is no longer commercially viable.

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The Android Update Problem:

You can't get system updates for your hardware anymore because selling new hardware is more lucrative than supporting existing hardware.

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The Android Custom ROM Update Problem:

You can't get system updates for your hardware anymore because the people who were supporting it for free bought new phones and no longer care about that model.

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