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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Richard Stallman is commy or what ?
by Kochise on Wed 12th Sep 2007 06:33 UTC
Kochise
Member since:
2006-03-03

"However, if you don't want to lose your freedom, you had better not follow him."
In other words : If you want to be free, be NOT free to follow him ! Is he going to become big headed or what ? He's working to put things really wrong just for the sake of getting free software. As a coder, he should know that coding is pretty hard, requires knowledge, and yes, some capitalist persons decided to make pay for their work and make a living of it. That's ok you may say ? But not him ! Everything coded beforehand that's been released for free make your own 10000+ lines of code to be released for free ! Pretty logic ! And obviously he refuse anything else closer to a public domain license such MIT, zLIB... to be sure the licensing process still gets viral :/

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

"In other words : If you want to be free, be NOT free to follow him "

No. You are free to follow Linus Torvalds, just be aware that your software freedoms will probably go away if you do that.

No-cost software is not something which is advocated by Stallman, it is merely a probably by-product of software which respects the users freedoms.

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Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

"users freedoms" OK, but then what about coders rewards ? With no coder, no software, then no user... I find the whole affaire too much user-centered, where's the coder interrest ?

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