[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

Stephen Kraus ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 00:15:33 UTC 2012


And yet he is still take fairly seriously by big names in the computing
industry...hell, in many industries.
On Dec 10, 2012 7:13 PM, "Chad Smith" <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:

> No - because he is a raving lunatic.
>
> You can have all the opinions-that-I-don't-agree-with that you want, but
> when you show up, uninvited, to someone else's project and start making
> demands that people bow to your opinion because of something you helped do
> 30 years ago, then you are a crazy person.
>
> I believe someone else would have written the software eventually.  I mean
> look at all the not-written-by-Dick software there is now.
>
> The idea that someone else would have done it pretty much the same way at
> the same general time actually has real-world evidence of happening.  The
> telephone is a pretty obvious and probably overused example.  Bell just
> beat some other dude to the patent office by a couple of days.
>
> But, yes, Linus Torvald, specifically, had all the motivation he needed to
> write those apps himself, or to inspire people around him to help write
> them, whatever.
>
> Regardless of if anyone else would have ever done what Dick did or not is
> irrelevant.  Having a good idea once in your life, or doing something cool
> and helpful once in your life doesn't mean you are above question nor that
> your opinions are more correct or important than anyone else's.  If I saved
> a basket of kittens from drowning back in 1987 that wouldn't mean you
> should put me in charge of your company's finances in 2012 - even if you
> make floating kitten baskets.
>
> Also having principles and sticking to them is only as good as the
> principles you hold.  Racism is a principle, and holding to it is not a
> good thing.  "You only get what you pay for" is a principle, and people
> stick to it to the damage of open source software.
>
> And yes, I said "open source" not free, because I'm not a crazy person.
>
> *- Chad W. Smith*
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Rod-Lists <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:
>
>> Just because he holds an opinion you don't agree with?
>
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