“Free software” means software that respects users' freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of “free” as in “free speech,” not as in “free beer”. We sometimes call it “libre software,” borrowing the French or Spanish word for “free” as in freedom, to show we do not mean the software is gratis.
Reading Interfaces - http://reader.lgru.net/collections/reading-interfaces/ - The division and the implicit hierarchy between the user who accesses the interface and the developer who has insight into the underlying code sparks many questions. How does an interface expose and translate the underlying digital objects? To what extent does it frame and script the user behaviour? Are coding skills necessary for computer literacy? And is it possible to actively/deeply engage with software, if one confines oneself to the provided interface?
Alan Kay, "A User Interface: a Personal View" -http://reader.lgru.net/texts/about-alan-kay-a-user-interface-a-personal-view/ - Alan Kay is one of the most important figure in the history of human/computer interaction. He and his team at Xerox PARC have conceived many tools and paradigms that shape today's computing, including object oriented language, "windows, icons, menus, pointer" style of interaction, etc....
Turing complete user - http://reader.lgru.net/texts/turing-complete-user/ - Computers are getting invisible. They shrink and hide. They lurk under the skin and dissolve in the cloud. We observe the process like an eclipse of the sun, partly scared, partly overwhelmed.
We tell people we use Linux because it’s secure. Or because it’s free, because it’s customizable, because it’s free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support… But all of that is just marketing bullshit. We tell that to non-Linuxers because they wouldn’t understand the real reason. And when we say those false reasons enough, we might even start to believe them ourselves.