[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

Chad Smith chad78 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 19:55:06 UTC 2012

If you share the code, then yes.

If you choose to share the code with the world - then I should be able to
take that code - change it all or not one bit of data - lock it up, and
sell it.

The thing is - your free code will still be out there.  Free.  So I would
be competing with a no-cost alternative.  If I did not add something of
value to it (and that value may only be in branding or advertising) - then
it will not sell.  That is how the free market works.

If you do not choose to share the code - then I have no right to do what
you claimed.  Not under current law.

The bogey-man of force you refer to is the desire of RMS.  If you want
everything to be open source, and believe anything short of your personal
definition of open...er um.. "Free" ... is inherently and demonstratively
EVIL - then your desire is that all software was free/open/libre....  And
that would mean no programmer would have the choice to do otherwise.  Call
that force if you want to. His views limit choice - they, in fact, limit
freedom.  If he was given the power/authority to impose his views on
others, consumer and programmer choice would suffer.  Innovation would
suffer.  If you take away the incentive of money, then the motivation to
work is decreased.

*- Chad W. Smith*

On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM, rdflowers <base at chalice.us> wrote:

> Once again you invoke the very boogy-man of force that you won't defend.
> Exactly WHO does this refer to -- "But I also don't believe anyone should
> have to be
>> forced to share what they've done, what they've created if they don't want
>> to.   ??  WHO ??
> You mean you should be able to include a copy of my code in a program with
> code you write, and padlock the whole thing, whether I want you to or not?
> So, if I copied something of yours, added a little, and obfuscated it, and
> gave you no credit or cash -- you'd (1) not object, and (2) believe no one
> should object in such a situation ???
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