Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 12th Sep 2007 04:14 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Here is an interview with Richard Stallman about a range of free software topics including GPLv3 and comment on the Microsoft patent issue. Stallman has a go at Linus Torvalds even suggesting that if people want to keep their freedom they better not follow Torvalds. From the interview: "The fact that Torvalds says "open source" instead of "free software" shows where he is coming from. I wrote the GNU GPL to defend freedom for all users of all versions of a program. I developed version 3 to do that job better and protect against new threats. Torvalds says he rejects this goal; that's probably why he doesn't appreciate GPL version 3. I respect his right to express his views, even though I think they are foolish. However, if you don't want to lose your freedom, you had better not follow him."
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RE[2]: Crazy religion
by cyclops on Wed 12th Sep 2007 05:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Crazy religion"
cyclops
Member since:
2006-03-12

"When you are dealing with Satan ( Microsoft ) you sometimes need righteous fire/language to rally the troops. "

That is the funniest thing I have ever read. Just to get this right as an anology you are comparing. Someone who is believed to be an angel who rebelled against Godó and also the one who spoke through the serpent and seduced Eve into disobeying God's command. His ultimate goal is to lead people away from the love of God. to an American multinational computer technology corporation with 76,000 employees in 102 countries and global annual revenue of US $51.12 billion as of 2007.

Its a bit of a stretch, esp considering that in 1983 when GNU started Microsoft didn't even release DOS till 1986.

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RE[3]: Crazy religion
by steampoweredlawn on Wed 12th Sep 2007 05:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Crazy religion"
steampoweredlawn Member since:
2006-09-27


Its a bit of a stretch, esp considering that in 1983 when GNU started Microsoft didn't even release DOS till 1986.


Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, but DOS shipped on the first batch of IBM 5150 PC's in 1981. It was written by MS then, too. Gates had already been of the mindset that software should be a commercial product which customers pay to use.

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RE[4]: Crazy religion
by StaubSaugerNZ on Wed 12th Sep 2007 06:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Crazy religion"
StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

> Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, but DOS shipped on the first batch of IBM 5150 PC's in 1981. It was written by MS then, too. Gates had already been of the mindset that software should be a commercial product which customers pay to use.

GNU was never formed to oppose Microsoft. IIRC, Stallman started it because a company (which I shall not name) donated his lab a printer but later refused to give him source code to a printer driver so that Stallman could repair it himself. The company then gave source to one of his colleagues with the proviso that that colleague not share it with Stallman. Stallman realised then that something was needed to protect all users from those who could remove support at a whim.

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RE[4]: Crazy religion
by cyclops on Wed 12th Sep 2007 06:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Crazy religion"
cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

@steampoweredlawn your absolutely right. I could backtrack and argue thats when windows was launched, but I was simply wrong.

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