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[5]: Crazy religion
by kad77 on Wed 12th Sep 2007 06:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Crazy religion"
kad77
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2007-03-20

The company was Xerox.

http://sharealike.org/20_Berkeley_Tech_L_J_443.pdf

Why would you go out of your way to omit that?

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RE[6]: Crazy religion
by Vanders on Wed 12th Sep 2007 07:47 in reply to "RE[5]: Crazy religion"
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2005-07-06

What the hell? Maybe he didn't know it was Xerox? I certainly couldn't recall the manufacturer until you mentioned it. Not everyone has perfect recall on obscure moments in computing history.

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RE[7]: Crazy religion
by MollyC on Wed 12th Sep 2007 16:09 in reply to "RE[6]: Crazy religion"
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

"What the hell? Maybe he didn't know it was Xerox? I certainly couldn't recall the manufacturer until you mentioned it. Not everyone has perfect recall on obscure moments in computing history."

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Sorry for butting in, but StaubSaugerNZ said, "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 wording suggests that StaubSaugerNZ knew the name of the company in question but deliberately chose not to reveal it for some reason. kad77 was merely curious as to why, that's all.

Carry on. ;)

Edited 2007-09-12 16:10

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