Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2007 16:32 UTC, submitted by lmvaz
OpenBSD Richard Stallman sent a message to OpenBSD-Misc, explaining why he doesn't recommend OpenBSD. "From what I have heard, OpenBSD does not contain non-free software (though I am not sure whether it contains any non-free firmware blobs). However, its ports system does suggest non-free programs, or at least so I was told when I looked for some BSD variant that I could recommend. I therefore exercise my freedom of speech by not including OpenBSD in the list of systems that I recommend to the public." His mail started a huge thread (that's just page 1) and since then he's under a blast of messages from Theo de Raadt and the OpenBSD users. De Raadt replied: "Richard, you are wrong. You said very clearly in your interview that the ports tree contains non-free software. It does not. It is just a scaffold of Makefiles containing URLs, and an occasional patch here or there. You are just plain wrong. And you are not enough of a man to admit that you are wrong. I may be unfriendly at times, but you are a power-misusing hypocritical liar who attacks projects that try harder than any others to only make free software available. Shame on you."
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RE: Are you ready to RUMBLE????
by boblowski on Mon 17th Dec 2007 19:14 UTC in reply to "Are you ready to RUMBLE????"
boblowski
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2007-07-23

de Raadt VS Stallman. This is the fight I've been waiting for. Stallman has the frothing-at-the-mouth zealotism, de Raadt has no holds barred anger issues.

On any other topic, I would have disliked a comment like this, but this time I feel you're spot on and I moded you up.

*Shakes head in amazement, takes a beer, and sits back*

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