Matt Mullenweg about the four sofware freedoms
Eleven months before the U.S. declared war on Japan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “As men do not live by bread alone, they do not fight by armaments alone.”
He articulated four fundamental freedoms that everyone in the world ought to enjoy.
As Marc Andreessen says, software is eating the world. It’s a creative gale of destruction that irreversibly changes every industry it touches, and if you don’t control the software, the software controls you. It mediates how and with whom you communicate, what news you see, and what other software you’re able to run. It influences the very way your brain works, as you process the creative gale of distraction that interrupts us all hundreds of times each day. With every ping, software burrows deeper into our lives.
In the early nineties, a prescient hacker named Richard Stallman — working at MIT, where today’s future had already happened — recognized this shift. He proposed a set of four freedoms that were fundamental for software in an enlightened, tech-dependent society.
0.The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
1.The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish.
3.The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
4.The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions, giving the community a chance to benefit from your changes.
Ten years later, those freedoms are still embedded in every copy of WordPress downloaded. I will explain why they work. (..)