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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I use the non-free EditPad Pro as my text editor of choice in all my systems. Why? Because its streets ahead of any free editor and allows me to be more productive. Thats my choice. Ideology doesn't come into it.

RMS says he considers non-free software to be unethical and antisocial. I don't (though I'd personally rather use free software).

As someone else remarked, ""The problem I have with Stallman isn't so much his philosophy but the fact that he has this idea if you don't subscribe to his view in the most purist of forms, you are some how deficient as a human".

The Cutter

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