Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jul 2007 22:42 UTC, submitted by WillM
Linux "Remember the 1980s worries about how the 'forking' of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption? That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux, where upwards of 300 distributions vie for the attention of computer users seeking an alternative to Windows."
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twenex
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2006-04-21


I think we should take to calling the free software movement a political party as opposed to a religion. It lends itself to more credibility, and it more accurately describes the positions we represent.

We don't think that RMS is a god.


That wouldn't solve our problem. It's our opponents that call our stance a "religion", in an effort to discredit us. What they fail to mention (of course) is that in many cases they hold just as tightly (if not more) to their beliefs than we do to ours.

And you can have a religion without a god.

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shykid Member since:
2007-02-22

And you can have a religion without a god.

Exactly.

Also, if someone's going to call the Free Software movement a religion, referring to Richard Stallman as its god is inaccurate. Some Free Software people reject RMS and disagree with him fervently. I don't know of any followers of a religion that reject its god(s) (assuming it has any).

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