Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 18:02 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
GNU, GPL, Open Source Eric S. Raymond is one of the three big figures in open source, together with Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman. During a talk for the Long Island Linux User Group, he made some interesting statements about the GPL, namely that the GPL is no longer needed due to the way the open source movement works.
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RE: ESR is a libertomoron
by google_ninja on Tue 24th Mar 2009 19:46 UTC in reply to "ESR is a libertomoron"
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...and a racist... and a witch... and a gun nut... the list is actually pretty extensive

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RE[2]: ESR is a libertomoron
by JeffS on Tue 24th Mar 2009 20:10 in reply to "RE: ESR is a libertomoron"
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I know ESR is a gun nut, and a hardcore libertarian, but a racist and a witch?

Any evidence of that?

Anyway, ESR always takes a hardcore libertarian stance. I've seen his blog at his personal website, and he always espouses markets as naturally self-regulating. He even goes so far as saying the current credit/banking crisis is only a natural, temprary blip, and that overall less regulation is better (I disagree, but do think that markets do have some self-regulating qualities, but they require oversight).

So take his blogs/writings/speeches, etc, with a grain of salt.

ESR may not think the GPL is necessary, but for a lot of people (and companies), it is quite useful, if not completely necessary.

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Any evidence of that?

on being a witch:

as for the racism bit, he had a blog post on IQ quoting studies that nobody really takes seriously unless they are a racist

That page quotes the relevent bits, and links to the month it was posted, couldn't be bothered to track down the actual link

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RE[2]: ESR is a libertomoron
by JMcCarthy on Tue 24th Mar 2009 21:52 in reply to "RE: ESR is a libertomoron"
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... and he went to sword camp.

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