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RMS: De Icaza Traitor to Free Software Community
on Thu 24th Sep 2009 13:35 UTC, submitted by
If you don't like personal, blog-style reporting, you might want to skip this item. A few days ago, during a speech at Software Freedom Day in Boston, Richard Stallman has, at least in my book, crossed a line that I thought he would never cross.
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RE: For what it's worth
on Thu 24th Sep 2009 18:06 UTC in reply to "
For what it's worth
For what it's worth, De Icaza has done a lot of good in the F/OSS world and working for/with Microsoft doesn't make him a traitor. A traitor would be someone who deliberately tries to undermine F/OSS projects and/or ideologies, but he isn't doing that. He is following his own interests and there is nothing wrong with that.
So when De Icaza and pals pander to Microsoft's technological monopoly on, for example, the Obama inauguration coverage, he isn't undermining "F/OSS projects and/or ideologies"? Such acts provide the figleaf for Microsoft's otherwise unclothed arguments about not having a monopoly from the moment your PC leaves the production line.
As for RMS... I really deeply dislike that man. He seems like a total nutcase with a 25-foot pole up in his behind, looks like an ass and act the same way. I sometimes just get the urge to drop using all F/OSS apps just so I could avoid having anything in common with him.
Right. So, in your mind the notion of Free Software is firmly associated with one figure and you'll gladly revoke those principles based on that figure's persona. Are you sure your computing choices are actually driven by such principles, or is this some kind of libertarian (or Life of Brian) one man per movement instinct in play? Sheesh!
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