Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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by kurkosdr on Tue 20th Mar 2012 16:33 UTC
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IMO Stallman is partly responsible for the mess with DRM, user restrictions and software patents.

By lumping together reasonable demands (no DRM, no user restrictions, no soft patents etc) with unreasonable demands (all software should be "free"), he makes the reasonable demands sound unreasonable. In plain english, thanks to FSF, nowadays anyone who says how DRM is bad and how soft patents create more damage than benefit is quickly brushed off as a freetard who hates proprietary software by the opposite camp. Thanks a lot, FSF.

And don't get me started how Stallman pretends "free software" can't have DRM. I can release a DRMed DVD recorder firmware under a BSD license (the FSF approved one), and then TiVoize the device to prevent people from changing it. Sure, Stallman will whine how such software is not free, but since the license is FSF approved, i can claim otherwise.

Or how Stallman pretends all proprietary OSes must definately have some anti-user feature somewhere. Anything to advance the Free Software agenda (make all proprietary software disappear or turned "free", never mind the only to do this is by rewriting the whole copyright law, because most sane people think proprietary software is ethical and don't have a problem using it).

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