16 February, 2001

Yesterday, a beta version of FreeDevelopers' Declaration of Software Freedom was published by LinuxToday, LWN and NewsForge within hours of each other.

While we greatly appreciate the attention that major community media outlets have given the Declaration, the early release of the Declaration can cause some confusion:

Since our hand has been tipped, here is a rushed version of a press release that was to be issued closer to the news cycle around the February 26-27 court date for Microsoft.

Software Developers Fire First Shot Over Bow of Proprietary
with Declaration of Software Freedom.

The War Over Who Will Control Software Development in the Internet Age Has Begun.

Software Developers from around the world dusted off the 225 year-old Declaration of Independence and show that its founding principles of human dignity, rights and freedoms endure and apply even in the Age of the Internet by proclaiming independence from monopolistic software hegemonies.

Specifics of the completely new and revolutionary Commercial Organization for the development of software will be announced in the coming weeks.

See `The Declaration of Software Freedom' at http://freedevelopers.net/freedomdec.

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by Ross Moore, 2022-02-17 for FD-PublicRelations