What is a computer
How do we define a computer for the purpose of discussing free software. Are desktops and servers the only two platforms that matter. I would argue that anything that functions as a software platform should qualify as a computer with respect to issues of free vs proprietary software. Robots are an increasingly common type of computer platform. Game machines like the Play Station and the X-Box are computer platforms. Cable Boxes and Home media centers are moving quickly towards being software platforms. Advanced home automation systems are a software platform (and yes, there is open source home automation control software).
How do Stallman's ideas on the 4 freedoms apply to these platforms.
The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs (freedom 1).
The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits (freedom 3).
I would be interested in what other members of the community think