Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Dec 2007 16:32 UTC, submitted by lmvaz
OpenBSD Richard Stallman sent a message to OpenBSD-Misc, explaining why he doesn't recommend OpenBSD. "From what I have heard, OpenBSD does not contain non-free software (though I am not sure whether it contains any non-free firmware blobs). However, its ports system does suggest non-free programs, or at least so I was told when I looked for some BSD variant that I could recommend. I therefore exercise my freedom of speech by not including OpenBSD in the list of systems that I recommend to the public." His mail started a huge thread (that's just page 1) and since then he's under a blast of messages from Theo de Raadt and the OpenBSD users. De Raadt replied: "Richard, you are wrong. You said very clearly in your interview that the ports tree contains non-free software. It does not. It is just a scaffold of Makefiles containing URLs, and an occasional patch here or there. You are just plain wrong. And you are not enough of a man to admit that you are wrong. I may be unfriendly at times, but you are a power-misusing hypocritical liar who attacks projects that try harder than any others to only make free software available. Shame on you."
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RE[2]: de Raddt is an idiot
by openwookie on Mon 17th Dec 2007 19:58 UTC in reply to "de Raddt is an idiot"
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And what annoys me most is that the de Raadts of the world simply feed into the negative stereotype of programmers being anti-social nerds that have the social skills of a constipated baboon.


It's just a message on a geeky email list. Much worse is said in those types of forums. It's not like he was jumping up and down like some maniac on Oprah's couch in front of the whole world.

Being offended by such silliness is like being offended by some celebrity's antics on Entertainment Tonight. Get over it.

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RE[3]: de Raddt is an idiot
by Ripples on Tue 18th Dec 2007 04:01 in reply to "RE[2]: de Raddt is an idiot"
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So just because others have done worse its ok for people to be rude to others and insulting? I dont agree with Stallman alot, but Theo just seems to be angry and insult alot of people on many issues. The GPL/BSD source controversy is one good example of why I believe he is liar and hypocrite himself.

Edited 2007-12-18 04:03

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