Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Sep 2009 13:35 UTC, submitted by Hiev
Mono Project 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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RMS is so focus on "Pure" Open Source Software that he has lost all aspects of proportion.

Hello? It's Free Software. If you aren't aware of the ideological difference and think a belated prefixing of open source with the word "pure" gets you to the same place, you should catch up on your reading.

His latest rants on SaaS and Cloud Computing, and now Mono. Is just to show how stuck in the 80's and 90's he is. He wants to toss out any ways to improve the impression of open source software that he didn't come up with.

Stuck in the 80s and 90s with cloud computing? In fact there are parallels with previous decades, although you may not be able to articulate them: the centralisation of control, use of mainframes vs. personal computers. What goes around comes around and is eventually learned the hard way by those who couldn't be bothered to take the history lesson in the first place.

Stallman's arguments against centralised infrastructure (which you don't control) are rooted in fact and reason; his critics' criticism of him is rooted in excessive use of words like "extremist" and those which question his sanity. And having been proven right several times (look up Bitkeeper while you're reading up on the difference between Free Software and open source), I'll take Stallman's opinion over yours (and the rest of the peanut gallery) any time.

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