Update: Mr. Stallman responded.

A while ago I wrote a blog post about moving from Fedora. After a lot of discussions with my friends, I finally decided to send an email message to Mr. Stallman about Fedora’s notice. I’m now waiting for Mr. Stallman’s response. Here’s my email message:

Dear Dr. Stallman,

Mr. Stallman, I’m a software libre activist for more than 7 years now and I’ve using software libre since I found out about the concept of software freedom. There’s not a single proprietary software in my computers. I even didn’t have a smart phone till a year ago. My phone currently runs LineageOS.

My operating system was Fedora untill I found out about a notice on Fedora GNU+Linux distro download page. https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/download/

I believe parts of this notice are violations of software freedom. The notice says that Fedora complies with “Unites States Export Administration Regulations (the “EAR”) and it’s prohibited for use in connection with the design, development or production of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, or rocket systems, space launch vehicles, or sounding rockets, or unmanned air vehicle systems.”

Isn’t it violation of freedom 0 (The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose)?

The other part says “You may not provide Fedora software or technical information to individuals or entities located in one of these countries or otherwise subject to these restrictions.”

Isn’t it a violation of freedom 2 (The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help others)?

The four freedoms doesn’t mention any country or specific software so I believe the terms of software freedom are applicable to all software no matter what country they’re based in.

A friend of mine told me that section 8 of GNU General Public License version 2 accept this discrimination.

“8. If the distribution and/or use of the Program is restricted in certain countries either by patents or by copyrighted interfaces, the original copyright holder who places the Program under this License may add an explicit geographical distribution limitation excluding those countries, so that distribution is permitted only in or among countries not thus excluded. In such case, this License incorporates the limitation as if written in the body of this License. “

So does that mean that I, a typical user of software libre, am restricted from using and distributing a software that is licensed free? Do you and free software movement accept this discrimination?

All my life, I fought for freedom. I’m an Iranian and I live in a country that basic human rights are violated and I fought for freedom and my people’s rights in the streets with my bare hands. If free software movement, FSF, and you sir, accept this discrimination, I no longer will fight for software libre as it’s just a lie to me.

I know that companies and maybe projects based in U.S. should comply with USA’s laws but it’s not a good reason for discrimination like this. If software libre can be restricted for some people or it can only be used by a group of people a country or a company chooses, then I believe free software movement is not what it says it is.

I remember you once said that free (as in freedom) software leads us to a free society. If this freedom is only for some people, then it’s just a lie, isn’t it?

Can you please explain to me and my friends how free software movement reacts to this?

Thanks a lot.

Ali Reza Hayati

Fascist people like the bully are now trying to censor the voice of ANTIFA. Only fascist people can be feel endangered by a anti-fascist movement.

Being silent about the bully’s effort to make ANTIFA a terrorist organization is not acceptable at all. It’s one of steps of the corrupt system of the USA to violate human rights and censor free speech.

The bully is trying to make himself a new dictator. His acts and speeches are obvious violations of human rights.

Just today, blue pigs fired tear gas against the protesters in front of the White House so the bully can go to church and take a picture. All these are signs for us to continue our fight against these people.

If we stop, the system gains more power to suppress us. Being silent leads to systematic fascism. Indifference leads to more corruption. Our fight goes on.

When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.

Sinclair Lewis

Mezopotamya has reported that a young man who was listening to Kurdish music in Ankara was stabbed to death by three people.

Barış Çakan (20) was stabbed to death in the Etimesgut district of Ankara for listening to Kurdish music. According to the information obtained from his family, Çakan was attacked by three people while listenin to Kurdish music when he got out to get some fresh air in the park.

It was learned that the people attacked Çakar was registered to Yozgat, Kırıkkale and Tokat, but no information on their identity was disclosed. Çakan who was stabbed in his heart lost his life on scene. The three suspects were detained after the incident. Çakan who was taken to Private Etimad Hospital will be buried today, his cousin Doğan Çakan, who also added that he too was attacked before for listening to Kurdish music.

Hate crime against Kurds is not something new in Turkey. Not long ago, being a Kurd was a crime in Turkey and some of its neighbor countries. There’s still a lot of discrimination against Kurds in Turkey.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other politicians should act immediately to stop this discrimination and racist acts. Human rights activists in Turkey should not remain silent. Violating human rights is vicious and deserves punishment.

Following the murder of George Floyd, On May 25, people have came to the streets to shout their rights and say no to racism and discrimination. George Floyd was an American black citizen who was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a blue pig.

Derek Chauvin kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; according to the criminal complaint against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time occurred after Floyd became unresponsive.

People are still protesting and shouting against discrimination and injustice. I believe they have every right to burn public buildings. After all, these buildings are the places that the corrupt system has practiced this injustice and discrimination for years.

Howevr Derek Chauvin was fired and charged with a third-degree murder, which is not enough at all, three other blue pigs are still free. These blue pigs should be arrested immediately because of the murder of a human being.

Our fight is not over.

Blackblogs.org announced that they have changed their settings and they’re now back online.

Blackblogs experienced a heavy DDoS attack and their upstream provider null routed their IP – meaning blackblogs.org and it’s
subdomains were unreachable.

Here’s the email message they sent:

We’re happy to announce that blackblogs.org can be accessed again!

We did experience a heavy DDoS attack and our upstream provider null routed our IP – meaning blackblogs.org and it’s
subdomains were unreachable.

It was not trivial to find a solution but for now we changed our setup and will see if it holds future attacks.

Of course we can not guarantee that this won’t happen again as we host many politically explosive blogs – but therefore we are here.

If there will be further DDoS attacks in the future please note that this targets the public facing side of blackblogs.org, not the
server itself. This means no data gets lost even if the website is unreachable at this point.

Keep on fighting!


Prehistoric GNU

I explained about how software libre is about freedom and not price and how the term free software can be confusing. To avoid this confusion some people use the term open source instead of software libre.

I think it’s safe to say that the term open source is more popular (in public) than the term software libre but they’re not the same.

Open source also gives people some freedoms but open source misses the point of software libre. Most open source licenses are also approved by FSF as software libre licenses but in general, you should be careful when a software is considered open source because it can be proprietary.

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I know a lot of hackers. I, myself, am a hacker but being a hacker doesn’t just mean infiltrating other people’s systems. If you do hacks, you’re a hacker.

For example, few years ago when I was backpacking I had trouble opening a glass of pickles. What I did was to use a spoon to lower the pressure between the lid and the glass and when the compressed air was released, I opened it.

That was a hack. A simple hack to open a glass. Hacking doesn’t just mean sabotaging or entering security holes.

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There’s nearly 4 billion people in the world that are connected to the internet. Near half of the earth’s population right now. Internet has become something very important in our lives. Almost all data and information we use is transferred via internet.

Right now, free flow of information depends on internet and internet has been of the most important tools to protect free speech and human rights. Censoring internet or putting limitations on its connectivity is for sure a violation of freedom of speech.

Some governments like Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, etc. censor internet a lot. During protests in Kashmir, Indian government blocked internet access. Good internet connectivity, right now, is almost impossible in Kashmir and it’s very hard for journalists and people to report about the situation there.

During the latest protests in Iran, same thing happened and internet was down for near a month and people were unable to report their situation to anyone. This is a thing that should never happen again.

Governments like India can run a genocide. Same thing happened in Burma against Muslims and because of lack of connectivity to internet, nobody knew about it for a long time and even after world found out about it, the Burma’s government denied everything and tried to censor news and information about it.

We should find a way to provide a service (internet) that can’t be censored or limited. Protectors of human rights and governments that pretend that they value human rights should try to provide unlimited and not-censored internet to ensure that people can talk freely and report violations on human rights all around the world.

I almost always call “free software”, “software libre” to avoid misunderstanding between price and freedom. Whenever I say free software, I should explain to people that by free software, I mean a software that respects freedom.

Free software is different with freeware. When we say free software, we mean free as in freedom. That’s why I call it software libre. But there’s still some questions for people.

One of the questions people ask me is that if a software is libre, how can we make money from it? My answer is always simple and short. You can make money from software libre the way you make money from proprietary software.

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Update: Blackblogs Is Back, Again.

About a couple of weeks ago, Blackblogs team announced with an email message that they are under a heavy DDoS attack and their great service is unreachable.

Now, after a while, Blackblogs service is still unreachable and they need help for switching their server and it’s a hard job as the new server probably will be the next target for attackers.

The attack targets the public facing side of blackblogs.org, not the “backoffice”. The public facing side is a reverse proxy, a “trafficker” of content not its source. No data is lost, modified or at risk – it’s only unreachable!

They are also evaluating automated tor hidden services, but there are technical details which might spoil any attempt in that direction.

If you can help Blackblogs in any way, please send an email message to blackblogs [at] blackblogs.org.