Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Sep 2009 22:19 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Well, this is refreshing. While Richard Stallman is a staunch critic of anything closed and non-Free, his ire seems mostly directed towards DRM and Microsoft. However, a lesser known fact is that he often talks about Apple's Mac OS X too in his speeches. During those speeches, he repeatedly claimed Mac OS X contained a backdoor which allowed Apple to forcibly impose software changes upon users. Stallman has now posted a retraction for those claims.
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Give the man a rest
by spiderman on Wed 30th Sep 2009 08:41 UTC
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

I find all the negative comments about RMS a little harsh. The man believed his sources and now he apologizes. The news here is that he apologized. When was the last time you made an error and apologized?
And you feel the need to defend Apple against him?
Look at his back record and Apple's. The guy is a freedom fighter. He is not getting the rewards he deserves, but he is getting insults instead. At the same time, Apple is getting a free ride and still you feel the need to defend it when it locks you down. The guy apologized and you still want to kick him for talking bad about Apple.

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RE: Give the man a rest
by BluenoseJake on Wed 30th Sep 2009 10:02 in reply to "Give the man a rest"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

No, we are kicking him because he isn't doing his cause any good with his behavior the last few years, he has become reactionary, unreasonable, and not a little bit crazy.

It's never good when the leaders of a movement lose touch with it's members, but he just keeps getting more extreme.

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RE[2]: Give the man a rest
by spiderman on Wed 30th Sep 2009 11:35 in reply to "RE: Give the man a rest"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Come on, the man is attacked because he puts his fingers in the nose or things similar to that. At the same time, Apple is praised by the community for pillaging and locking down open source software. Give them 5 more years and people will think they invented open source.
The guy may need shaving, but his view is sharp and those making fun of him should listen instead.

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RE[2]: Give the man a rest
by TechGeek on Wed 30th Sep 2009 14:28 in reply to "RE: Give the man a rest"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Maybe, but it is HIS movement. Its one thing to say that to some random follower. But it really doesn't stick to the man who single handedly started the organization. It would be like criticizing Jesus for not following the teachings of the bible.

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RE[2]: Give the man a rest
by WorknMan on Wed 30th Sep 2009 16:14 in reply to "RE: Give the man a rest"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

No, we are kicking him because he isn't doing his cause any good with his behavior the last few years, he has become reactionary, unreasonable, and not a little bit crazy.


What he said. It's like every time somebody uses a program for which they do not have access to the source code, God kills a puppy.

Part of what defines freedom for me personally is having the freedom to use closed-source software if I want to. So, in my mind, this guy is not a freedom fighter. He is a loon.

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