Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 23:54 UTC, submitted by sean batten
GNU, GPL, Open Source "Linus Torvalds doesn't want to change the Linux kernel's software license, and he said so again last week. For good measure this time, he threw in some inflammatory remarks. "I literally feel," wrote Torvalds, "that we do not, as software developers, have the moral right to enforce our rules on hardware manufacturers. We are not crusaders, trying to force people to bow to our superior God." Since the crusades were a foreign adventure responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands, that's not the most diplomatic response, and FSF counsel Eben Moglen refused to be drawn into retaliation when we contacted him for comment."
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RE: Cheap shots
by skeezix on Wed 8th Feb 2006 04:11 UTC in reply to "Cheap shots"
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In addition, the talk about morality is pretty sick-making. I resent being told that by running Linux I have signed up for the moral superiority club. I can't think of anything more awful.

Bringing up issues of ethics and ideology doesn't necessarily mean someone is trying to be elitist. Through our whole lives we're faced with questions of whether something is bad, neutral, good, or great. Now, I will concede that people do pull issues into the moral arena just so they can feel better than others (and this especially happens with FSF-type folks), but I don't think moral questions should be completely anathema.

Personally, I think the moral debate around intellectual property, especially software, is exciting and intriguing. In fact, this was one of the things that drew me to open-source software in the first place. And I think there's lots of room for debate: this isn't an issue that has no room for questioning like murder, theft, or rape; this is just software. So let's have fun prognosticating, and keep in mind that we may not have all the answers, so that we avoid the 'moral superiority club' mentality.

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