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Submission + - iPad is a "huge step backward" (linuxtoday.com)

An anonymous reader writes: FSF's John Sullivan launches the Defective by Design campaign and petition to rain on Steve's parade, barely minutes out of the starting gate.
"This is a huge step backward in the history of computing," said FSF's Holmes Wilson, "If the first personal computers required permission from the manufacturer for each new program or new feature, the history of computing would be as dismally totalitarian as the milieu in Apple's famous Super Bowl ad."
The iPad has DRM writ large, you can only install what Apple says you may, and "computing" goes consumer mainstream — no more twiddling, just sit back, spend your money, and watch the show — while we allow you to... what say you, slashdotters? Are you happy that you can't load "open source" ebooks on the new must-have gadget?

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iPad is a "huge step backward"

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Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?

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