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I've been reading OSNews for years, and this is the most stupid article I have ever read here. The only article that can compare in the sheer stupidity, cluelessness, uncivility, unfairness and rudeness is Thom's previous nonsensical rant about RMS - the one about Emacs virgins (where he completely missed the point, too, while being extremely rude as well).
Again, Thom completely missed the point and misunderstood everything RMS said. Regardless of anyone's personal opinion on RMS's words, anyone who understands the meaning of the word "traitor" would never write this:
"calling De Icaza a traitor to the Free software community actually got me a little riled up. Are we really talking about the same De Icaza? The man who co-founded one of the most popular Free software projects, GNOME? Who created Gnumeric? Who set up a company which employed several GNOME developers, advancing the Free software desktop?"
Because it's logical nonsense. A traitor is a person who betrays something he was involved with in the past. In this case, De Icaza was involved with the things Thom listed there. That was many years ago. So Thom's argument is that he did not betray these things because he was involved with them many years ago. Anything that came after it doesn't count.
Brilliant. Really intelectually brilliant. Now, this intellectual deficiency leads Thom to calling RMS "a jerk", nonconstructive, uncivil, out of touch with reality and so on and so on.
This article does not say anything about RMS. But it says a lot about Thom Holwerda, his IQ, and his moral standards.
Thom Holwerda has, in my book, crossed a line that I thought he would never cross. Kudos to RMS for remaining civil and polite despite such a low blow from Thom and everyone else who's been attacking him in a similar, extremely stupid and grossly unfair manner for so many years. RMS has always been like that. Polite, and up-to-the point. He always explains everything he says, patiently, calmly, logically, and backs it up with arguments. Unlike his opponents. He never gets involved in personal discussions and stupid flamewars like this. When people call him a jerk, he just silently ignores it, like a true gentleman. This doesn't stop hypocrites like Thom from accusing him of doing things that they are actually doing. Rudeness, namecalling and so on. Edited 2009-09-24 19:15 UTC