[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source
chevyiinova at bellsouth.net
Tue Dec 11 18:52:35 UTC 2012
time to get laid, Chad
From: Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com>
To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group <chugalug at chugalug.org>
Sent: Tue, December 11, 2012 1:00:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source
My issue is with *him* as a person.
I don't like him. I don't like his personality, I don't like his arrogance, I
don't like his self-promotion. So, yes, I don't like his tone.
He is a megalomanic, a narcissist, an idiot (when it comes to dealing with human
beings), and a jerk.
He believes everyone should do things the way HE thinks that they should be
done. That all software should be his definition of "Free Software®™©". That's
not freedom - that's the opposite of freedom. If programmers don't have the
choice to NOT give away their software - to NOT share their code ... then they
are not free. The software may be free - but the programmer is not.
I like open source software. I use open source software. I have promoted and
supported open source software - with my time, my voice, and my dollars. I
believe that there are good things about open source software.
I am one of those people who promote the pragmatic side of it. Many hands make
light work, many eyes make bugs small (and few).... I also understand the
pitfalls of having data locked in some proprietary format that you don't have
control over and could potentially lose access. Anyone who has ever had to
design anything in Publisher and doesn't always have access to a Windows machine
knows that fear.
It especially pisses me off when he attacks people who are actively developing,
promoting, and encouraging open source software because they are not "Free
Enough". These people are on your side, idiot. Stop shooting your allies.
But it's not an all-or-nothing thing. It's not even an "us vs. them". It's not
just that open source isn't the enemy of "Free Software®™©"
and proprietary software is. Why does there have to be an "enemy" at all?
Just do your thing and let other people do theirs. If you want to explain the
benefits of your way of doing things, fine - but don't claim that doing things
any other way is evil.
If you want to promote Free Software as the best way - fine. Do not claim it is
the only way. Because it's not.
-Chad W. Smith
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