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: From the mailing list post
by troc on Mon 17th Dec 2007 22:08 UTC in reply to "From the mailing list post"
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You are too emotional when you take antisocial and unethical as insults. I think these terms are used to describe the social and economic system of the day and in now way disparage you or the trade.

I have listened to speeches by RMS, he is civil and definitely not a polemicist. Please note carefully that this does not mean he isn't provocative. However it is one thing to answer with misplaced ridicule as the parent post, or anger (as theo), but quite another to answer in kind, with some thought and consideration.

Maybe you needed read it all, suspend judgment (for a little), and play with the notion of software as culture and not commodity.

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