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FSF Releases freerus, The Free Software Virus

Today, 08:28 AM

Posted by securitybreach in Bruno's All Things Linux


The Free Software Foundation just released a version of freerus, The Free Software Virus.

“The licenses for most viruses are either unspecified, or are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. This is a shame, since most viruses share themselves by design. You wouldn’t want to be an unwitting copyright violator just because a virus deleted your files and exposed your browsing history to your friends, now would you?” FSF spokesman Naught Arrmess said in a phone interview last Monday.

“By contrast, freerus is licensed under the GNU GPL version 3.0 or later. This guarantees that you have all the freedom to share and change the virus after it sends your mother links to an online work at home program.”
Arrmess pronounced “freerus” as “freer us” with a distinct accent. While he was enumerating freedoms starting from zero, we asked him about the name.

“We had a lot of ideas about the name. Initially we thought of using ‘phreakdom’, then ‘freekdom’, ‘frowned’, ‘FIV’, and a few others. Some of my colleagues thought that the puns were too obscure. We also tried free-virus, but decided that we didn’t want to run into trademark issues with AVG.”

Freerus can be downloaded from the FSF website in source code form. Installation is quick and easy and only requires a working compiler environment, python, libcurl, libz, and GNU TLS. Upon compiling, the virus can then be run from the command line, or configured to start by creating a desktop file under ~/.config/autostart. However, nobody at the FSF could figure out how to get those things to work.


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22 free tools for data visualization and analysis

Today, 06:01 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

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