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Re: Free Software and Torpark
Let us not be ambigious about the "users" you are talking about. The
specific "users" you are talking about are limited by definition to
only be the ones wanting to modify it to include malware/trojans, or
someone trying to turn it into a commercial application, or an evil
government that does not abide by the universal declaration of human
rights. Anyone who falls under one of those three definitions who
can't consider it free, I'm not concerned about. To _all_ other users,
it is free and open source, and they can do what they want with it,
and modify and distribute it how they please.
It just makes no sense to say "it's free except for..." if you intend
free as in freedom. It's the same kind of idea of those who think that
"Tor should be working for everyone except for criminals...".
About the "malware" problem, i just report this quote from the OS
Definition page on wikipedia:
"Back in the 1980s, some software which was given away had license terms
that specifically prohibited the police or military of the Government of
South Africa from using the program because of objections to apartheid.
While this is a laudable goal, it's not relevant to include it in a
software license. Beyond which, such organizations might simply ignore
the restrictions anyway."
The distinction you are attempting to make anti-thetical to security.
Somehow I just can't see my way clear to advocating modification of my
software for the use of spyware and commercial competitors. I fail to
see what legitimate interest you or anyone else have in keeping
software from being legally protected against having trojans and
malware inject into them, and still considering it free.
What if the license was to block criminals from using the program? Would
you still consider it free? What if the license was to block people that
commited a crime in the past? What if the license was to block people
that are more likely to commit a crime for their personal psychological
Would you still consider it "free"?
Once again, would anyone else like to see Tor's license add that it
can't be modified to have malware, trojans, spyware, etc. injected