Cloud Computing and Ubuntu both historically are being criticized by Richard Stallman not once but many a times. Why Father of Free Software Movement is against ? There are definite reasons behind his thoughtful way of sayings. Richard Stallman is person who has deep knowledge on Core Computing, Software development and Artificial Intelligence. The way today we are using the Free Softwares and Free Software License is his endless crusade to do better for the mankind.
Cloud Computing and Ubuntu : Why the Question Suddenly Came ?
The question on both Cloud Computing and Ubuntu has raised because of our active efforts behind building Open Source Free Health. The question on my personal view on Cloud Computing and Ubuntu has been raised because the person behind this website and the concerned project is the same. It really odd that :
- Most of the guide videos on YouTube on server related things are primarily based on some distribution of Ubuntu
- The apparent support for Cloud Computing through various textual guides and videos making it the largest non product selling website on Cloud Computing guides from diverse companies
For this website no one will donate the huge running cost. We have to earn through Google Ads. Notably, we do not use any affiliate link. To run a website one need to pay for webhosting, SEO, technical persons and other people’s professional work. Add the cost of running AdWords to it.
Second set of points are; many times I have made the users / readers aware of the dangerous points; be it via Secure Cloud Computing Guide, Confusing Promises in Private Cloud Services, False Appearance of Cloud or direct fire against Amazon. Moreover, if I do not show my skills and knowledge on the first place, no one will accept my personal view against them. To say against, one needs to know each and every point, quoting rms – “This is just like the first surveillance practice I learned about in Windows.”
Just like an user will not donate even one dollar for a useful guide which will help in running this website and other fully ad free websites; I do have doubt whether for Free Health Foundation people’s donation will initially reach even to three digit figure. So, the money earned from this website actually is the building block for Free Health Foundation too. Thee question has been raised about my view on Cloud Computing and Ubuntu by an organization, from whom we expected funding. Free Health Foundation is a project which requires funding. It is not about only software – it is about developing hardwares without much profit or even no profit.
This article has been named Cloud Computing and Ubuntu : Richard Stallman’s View not for promoting anything but to represent Richard Stallman’s View on Cloud Computing and Ubuntu Distribution. Which is essentially my way of view – it is not a blind following without knowing.
Cloud Computing and Ubuntu : Richard Stallman’s View
Now, straight forwardly coming to the main topic according to the title – Richard Stallman’s View on Cloud Computing and Ubuntu. Quoting Richard M. Stallman directly :
“One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control, It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless. You’re putty in the hands of whoever developed that software.”
“I think that marketers like cloud computing because it is devoid of substantive meaning. The term™s meaning is not substance, it™s an attitude: ˜Let any Tom, Dick and Harry hold your data, let any Tom, Dick and Harry do your computing for you (and control it). Perhaps the term careless computing would suit it better.”
We actually said all the points through various articles, in fact more – the legal points, the licensing points, the points on security, on SLA and pricing. I personally think, one who can not pay a dime; for example a student, free PaaS like Heroku Cloud or App Fog does have the advantage of being free.
Now regarding Ubuntu, possibly this video is a good representation of Richard Stallman’s view on Ubuntu :