[Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

Ed King chevyiinova at bellsouth.net
Fri Dec 14 20:02:01 UTC 2012

what "value" did you add to the open office org cds on ebay?

From: Chad Smith <chad78 at gmail.com>
To: Chattanooga Unix Gnu Android Linux Users Group <chugalug at chugalug.org>
Sent: Fri, December 14, 2012 2:56:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Chugalug] Richard Stallman and open source

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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