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Archive for February, 2024

Talking more about Freedom not Less

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

I don’t like the term “Open Source”, because it does not refer to freedom. When a computer program is labeled as “Free” (or “Free to Play” in the case of games) we have
the same problem that “Free” often means a price of zero. By contrast games such “Tanks of Freedom” and “Freedom Saber” really respect users freedom. So I try to avoid using free
as an adjective, and use the term “Freedom” instead: Instead of saying that something is “Free Software”, I say it respects the users freedom.

I Love Free Software Day 2024

Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

I recently did my first FOSDEM talk, about a Free Software project that I contribute to: Using the ECP5 for Libre-SOC prototyping. On the day before I met some of the GNU Guix developers. With this short blogpost I want to say a simple “Thank you” to those people I met at FOSDEM, and those who have started projects such as Libre-SOC, SlimeVR, CrazyFlie and Godot Engine.

Because I Love Free Software, I’ll started my own Free Software project called LibreVR. The FSFE’s sister organisations in North America, has a “Respects Your Freedom” certification program, and I recently have begun working on my hardware design for a wireless VR headset and will soon do regular live streams that document my work on Free Software VR games and hardware.