[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

Stephen Kraus ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 00:37:56 UTC 2012


Only if you're a Scientologist
On Dec 10, 2012 7:36 PM, "Chad Smith" <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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