Jeff Spaleta <jspaleta <at> gmail.com> writes:
The content versus code debate isn't going to go away any time
and sadly game data isn't going to be the greyest area in the futre.
Once we start deeply integrating web services into our desktop
experience and as a project start trying to make peace with the
implications of relying on software as a service from non-open
webservice providers.. we won't have enough time to worry about the
ethics of needing to download copyright protected game data.
Indeed, I'm also worried about these developments, like GNOME's Online Desktop
and KDE 4's plasmoids for various proprietary web apps. I think these are
really bad ideas, they're slowly eroding what the Free desktop was supposed to
be about. If the only Free Software you ever use is a web browser and all the
apps you use are proprietary web apps, then are you really using Free Software?
Of course, it's hard to tell where to draw the line. But when something
originally developed as a communication medium starts getting used to host your
e-mail client, your picture gallery etc., IMHO that's really going too far. One
criterion that you're a web service user and not just a web user is when you
use the web to manage YOUR personal data, not just to communicate with others.
(That also has privacy implications, by the way, not just licensing.) Another
is when the browser starts becoming your client to everything. But there's of
course a gray area everywhere, for example I'm writing this through the GMane
web interface, is that a "web service" or "communication"? Even things
GMail could be argued to be communication, as can picture galleries as soon as
picture sharing is involved.