Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2008 21:29 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Richard Stallman, industry activist and founder of the Free Software Foundation has - once again - relinquished his role as maintainer of the phenomenally successful GNU Extensible, Customizable, Display Editor (Emacs). The news was slipped out on the Emacs developers' forum and Stallman explained his reasons in a later interview.
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Comment by tyrione
by tyrione on Tue 26th Feb 2008 22:43 UTC
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I'll answer your questions if you promise me that the story will avoid a couple of frequent errors.

One common error is referring to a free operating system as "Linux." That system is basically GNU; Linux is actually the kernel, one program in the system. Calling the whole system "Linux" means giving the system's principal developer none of the credit. See (this link) for more explanation.

Would you please agree to distinguish consistently in your article between Linux, the kernel, and GNU/Linux, the entire system? Since GNU Emacs is part of GNU, this is directly relevant.

The other common error is labeling me, GNU, GNU/Linux, or the GNU GPL with the term "Open Source." That is the slogan adopted in 1998 by people who reject the philosophy of the Free Software Movement. They have the right to promote their views, but we would like to be associated with our views, not theirs. For more explanation, see (this link).

My response to your questions, based on the ideals of the Free Software Movement, would be very different from what a supporter of Open Source would say.

Could you please agree to refer to this work as Free Software in your article, and not as Open Source? In particular, please don't describe GNU Emacs as "Open Source."

That's truly rich.

If the Linux Kernel is one program, then all this crap invading the Web are a few actions/behaviors and dont' remotely resemble a program. You know what the hell I'm talking about. All this AJAX crap and PHP application junk at Facebook and others where we have thousands of applications.

Give me a break.

If the Linux Kernel is one program then we might as well call KDE or GNOME of OS X or Windows Vista as just examples of one program in a series of programs.

Edited 2008-02-26 22:43 UTC

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