Linked by Michael L. Love on Mon 3rd Nov 2003 19:19 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives The GNU-Darwin Distribution is a free operating system and a popular source of free software for Mac OS X and Darwin-x86 users, but it is also a platform for digital activism. Founded in November of 2000, the Distribution has the stated goal of bringing software freedom to computer users of every stripe, and vigilantly defending digital liberties.
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RE: GNU
by RJW on Tue 4th Nov 2003 05:16 UTC

I'm not saying that is your goal, or my goal; for many it is not. But that is, from what I understand, at least some of the logic to why GNU deserves credit here. Also, it is entirely incorrect to dismiss an idea with what's called an ad hominem attack, where you call someone names to refute their ideas, instead of thinking of reasons why they're wrong.

Saying RMS is obnoxious is not name calling; it is a description of his behavior.

One thing I wish folks would understand that this isn't my opinion, it's GNU's. People bash GNU for a variety of reasons, but no one in this thread has shown that they actually know why GNU believes that it is within their right to ask for credit. They merely repeat a laundry-list of what they've heard others say, because bashing ideas is a lot safer and rewarding to one's ego than coming up with new ones.

I'm not just repeating what I've heard. I've gone to RMS' website and read a number of his writings. I think he has a right to receive credit for his work. I do not think he should insist that everyone call Linux The Operating System "GNU/Linux".

Not everyone in this world equates freedom of software, whether it be cost or ability to modify, with freedom of speech, religion, creed, etc. RMS has different concepts of freedom confused and expects everyone else to view freedom his way. He is a religious zealot and as such is ultimately a danger to freedom, regardless of the good work he has done.

His motive is not to make people's lives easier by making a system that is free and modifiable, it is to make a political system that will make proprietary software illegal and punishable, in fact limiting freedom. He can argue semantics all he wants and tell us What Freedom Really Means, but in the end it is just his opinion, and should not be shoved on the world.