[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

Chad Smith chad78 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 00:24:54 UTC 2012

There are a lot of big names that take L. Ron Hubbard pretty seriously, too.

*- Chad W. Smith*

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 6:15 PM, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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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