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authorChristian Grothoff <christian@grothoff.org>2019-06-27 13:58:17 +0200
committerChristian Grothoff <christian@grothoff.org>2019-06-27 13:58:17 +0200
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<h2>1. Free Software implementation</h2>
<p>
- Free refers to “free as in free speech”, as opposed to “free as in free beer”.
- More specifically, the four essential freedoms of free software must
- be respected, namely users must have the freedom to (1) run the software,
- (2) study and modify it, (3) redistribute copies, and (4) distribute copies of
- the modified version.
- </p>
- <p>
- For merchants this prevents vendor lock-in, as another payment provider can
+ GNU Taler must be <a href="https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html">Free Software</a>.
+ For merchants the Free Software
+ reference implementation prevents vendor lock-in, as another payment provider can
take over, should the current one provide inadequate quality of service. As
the software of the payment provider itself is free, smaller or disadvantaged
countries or organizations can run the payment system without being
- controlled by a foreign company. Customers benefit from this freedom,
+ controlled by a foreign company.
+ </p>
+ <p>
+ Customers benefit from Free Software
as the wallet software can be made to run on a variety of platforms, and
- user-hostile features such as tracking or telemetry could easily be removed
- from wallet software.
- </p>
- <p>
- This rules out the mandatory usage of specialized hardware such as smart
- cards or other hardware security modules, as the software they run cannot
- be modified by the user. These components can, however, be voluntarily
- used by merchants, customers or payment processors to increase their
- operational security.
+ the absence of user-hostile features such as tracking or telemetry can easily be
+ assured.
</p>
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