Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Sep 2006 13:59 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linspire In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond - one of the co-founders of the open-source movement - has joined the Freespire Leadership Board. Raymond believes desktop Linux is entering into a critical period, noting that historically, users have shifted operating systems during periods of fundamental changes in hardware platforms. He believes the PC vendors' embrace of 64-bit computing will provide desktop Linux a unique window of opportunity, which if missed, may not come along again for many years.
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Eric Raymond is the antichrist.
by Quag7 on Thu 28th Sep 2006 07:04 UTC
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We need to have a standard "I hate Eric Raymond" reply following any story concerning him. Preferably a very well composed attack on the man's character, worth, and so on.

One for Stallman as well.

These would stand in for the many obligatory, standard, sort of re-runny (though highly appreciated) rants about each man every time their name gets mentioned.

Given the status of everything in the world right now, politically, in terms of things that work or don't work right on my computer, it's nice to get down to what is really important - Eric Raymond's guns and Richard Stallman's decidedly non-corporate appearance - just as examples.

We can significantly shorten any thread by pre-emptively posting an immediate rejoinder as the first reply in any discussion concerning these two.

Please consider it.

Perhaps the "I have a strong emotional response to the mention of Eric Raymond's name and I must express my opinion on this matter or I will explode" crowd can gather into sort of a caucus and write up a rant to end all rants on the man. This can then be sent to the editors of all tech news sites for immediate inclusion.

Likewise with Stallman. Perhaps the "I have a strong emotional response to the mention of Eric Raymond's name" crowd can consult with the "I have a strong emotional response to Richard Stallman's name" crowd, and maybe even port some of the criticisms from one rant to the other, since there is probably significant overlap.

I nominate the "I have Bill Gates/Microsoft" crowd as the final copy editors to vet the respective responses for an appropriate amount of bile and insinuations about about the moral character of the subjects involved.

Or perhaps we can just cut through all of this procedural crap and we can nominate individuals to simply compare Stallman and Raymond to Adolf Hitler, right out of the gate (Perhaps some Gnome users would want to do this for Torvalds ever since his regrettable comments about Gnome).

That should hopefully address the issue of copycat invectives against each by cutting right to the chase and Godwinning immediately.

Oh, and if someone should decide to pick this up and run with it, don't forget to mention that both smell.

Apparently everyone but me has stood close to each man, and I have been assured repeatedly that neither bathes, especially Stallman. That's probably important to mention as well. I feel somehow cheated whenever I read anything written about Stallman that doesn't eventually make bold declaratives about the man's hygeine.

Lastly I must add to the chorus of outraged remarks in this discussion that I, too, feel that neither man is appropriate to represent the Open Source / Free Source community, and that we should work together to get people who write really strident comments on tech news sites to be representatives instead.

Because, as this discussion indicates, these folks seem to be far more representative of the free software community at large. And I'm all about putting on an honest face for the world.

Also I bet no one here smells.

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