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You can say what you will about RMS and his methods, but I think his core beliefs are being vindicated at a rather alarming rate. In particular, we've pretty much lost the DRM battle across wide market segments (e.g. phones, tablets, e-readers, cars, with PC and laptop lockdown in the works), and crucially, the impact of software freedom on other freedoms has increased greatly, since we're now dependent on many of these devices in order to function in society.

Circumvention of DRM has also been outlawed in most locales - even in "liberal" Norway: A good friend of mine frequently needs to convert e-books between formats in order to make them work on his reader. He is breaking the law. If "DVD-Jon" were tried today, I think it's fair to assume that he would've been convicted.
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And I just had to renew a "provisioning profile" for an app developed for a friend's iPad. The app is used on his iPad and nowhere else but still needs to be renewed using the Apple Developer Portal.

It would be great if we could also get easier accessibility to producing open hardware. I am talking not only about devices but complete networks. We can no longer take the infrastructure for granted. Before you know it an internet provider will shut you down because they disliked your tone of emails...
Agreed. Wrt. freedom-supporting devices, there are also some positive developments these days, with the RasPi and myriad other cheap "blank slates", plastic printing at home, and so on. Unfortunately, these have even less mass appeal than FOSS does, and act more like a safety valve for the Tinkering Man/Woman.

Regarding infrastructure, I can't help but think that there isn't a technological solution to that problem - it seems to require cooperation from too many people at once - and that instead, technological openness must become a viable political platform. For that to happen, the majority has to understand, and care about, the issue.

And that just might happen too. But we have to be patient (and persistent).
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