Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stallman Calls Valve Games on Linux ‘Unethical’

We know it was coming. When Valve said that they were coming to Linux, everyone was waiting for one of the founding fathers of the free software movement to weigh in.

Richard Stallman does not have too many bad things to say, besides Valve using DRM on their games. Rights-encumbered software is, Stallman writes on his blog, ‘unethical’. 

Here is part of what he wrote:
They deny freedom to their users. If you want freedom, one requisite for it is not having non-free programs on your computer.”
DRM is intended to prevent unauthorised copying or distribution of game titles – a mechanism vital the survival of many digital content distributers.

Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, has already ‘Ok’d’ the notion of companies releasing copy-protected software - despite the fact that he does not personally like the idea.

On the flip side, Stallman does realize the obvious advantages of Valve coming to Linux. One of the obvious reasons that this could have an advantage for Linux is that it can bring more popularity to the platform. Here is some of his thoughts below:
“[This move] might encourage GNU/Linux users to install these games, and it might encourage users of the games to replace Windows with GNU/Linux. My guess is that the direct good effect will be bigger than the direct harm. But there is also an indirect effect: what does the use of these games teach people in our community?” 
So, do you agree with this statements? Let me know of your thoughts below in the comments.