[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

Rod-Lists rod-lists at epbfi.com
Thu Dec 13 20:11:58 UTC 2012


no just dedicated to his cause.

----- Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I was thinking more along the lines of a villain to some bizarro-world
> version of Captain Planet. Where instead of Captain Planet promoting
> Environmentalism, it was Captain Free Market promoting Libertarianism.
>  Dick Stallman would be one of the over-the-top cartoon
> Marxist Fascist villain who would fit in perfectly in that universe.
> 
> Spewing 1984 double-speak promoting of "Freedom" whilst forcing everyone to
> obey the almighty GPL 3.0 (which is preparing the way for the GPL 4.0 -
> "Thou shalt do all thy programming for free, and allow everyone to have
> access to everything you've ever created on demand and at no cost in
> whatever format they desire.")
> 
> Here, he's just crazy.
> 
> *- Chad W. Smith*
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM, Stephen Kraus <ub3ratl4sf00 at gmail.com>wrote:
> 
> > Richard Stallman is, apparently, now a Bond Villain
> > On Dec 11, 2012 1:13 PM, "Chad Smith" <chad78 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >>  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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