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: GPL is no good
by rmtatum on Wed 12th Sep 2007 06:33 UTC in reply to "GPL is no good"
rmtatum
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2005-07-09

The GPL is in no wise socialistic. Socialism involves government coercion. The GPL is a license to which users voluntarily agree to. No coercion, no socialism.

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RE[2]: GPL is no good
by postmodern on Wed 12th Sep 2007 07:16 in reply to "RE: GPL is no good"
postmodern Member since:
2006-01-27

Socialism doesn't involve government coercion, your thinking of Communism.

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RE[3]: GPL is no good
by rajj on Wed 12th Sep 2007 07:21 in reply to "RE[2]: GPL is no good"
rajj Member since:
2005-07-06

Bzzzt. Communism is an economic model. Socialism is a governing model.

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RE[2]: GPL is no good
by polyex on Thu 13th Sep 2007 04:43 in reply to "RE: GPL is no good"
polyex Member since:
2007-07-11

Your correct. But Stallman saying that an individuals freedom is some how tied to following his idealogies for how programmers should work and be compensated (I guess only through speaking engagements, right Stallman?) is at a minimum confrontational. Your talking about how some people feed there families, and then laying a guilt trip on them for not reducing that work to having no monetary value. You just dont take it seriously becuase the guy has issues, but trust me, his in your face attitude, crazy use of semantics and telling you your doomed for listening to Torvalds feels at a minimum an attempted act of coercion. Torvalds wants to get paid for some work and does some work for free. Stallman gets paid most of the time for a job few relative to the population are needed to do and then begrudges everyone else for not doing there own full time jobs work, ones that he has deemed should be free, for free.

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