Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Sep 2006 13:59 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Linspire In a move that some may have sensed was coming, Eric S. Raymond - one of the co-founders of the open-source movement - has joined the Freespire Leadership Board. Raymond believes desktop Linux is entering into a critical period, noting that historically, users have shifted operating systems during periods of fundamental changes in hardware platforms. He believes the PC vendors' embrace of 64-bit computing will provide desktop Linux a unique window of opportunity, which if missed, may not come along again for many years.
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The question is... how did he lose it? Because of anti-GPL stance and support for binary drivers, or what?

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That depends how you define "anti-GPL stance".

It's well known that he's been a longtime proponent of BSD-type licences over GPL ones, which in itself was ironic since he actually switched from one of the BSD's (BSD/OS, I believe) to Linux fairly early on. However, his use of the term "open source" as opposed to "free software" did attract of business(es) to Linux (DESPITE the fact that open source software can be as free(-as-in-beer) as free(-as-in-freedom) software, and free-as-in-freedom software can be as not-free-as-in-beer as open source). But recently his attitude that "if business want to build in DRM and patented, closed-source software, we should lie down and take it"- after all the successes FOSS has achieved by NOT compromising - was the last straw. His shameless self-promotion* coupled with this latest change in direction just broke the camel's back. (*I would guess that more people know about ESR-as-programmer-and-hacker than Marshall Kirk McKusick, for example, despite the fact that MKM wrote large parts of the BSD operating system, and ESR wrote...fetchmail.)

Edited 2006-09-27 16:49

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