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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RE: Give the man a rest
by BluenoseJake on Wed 30th Sep 2009 10:02 UTC 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[3]: Give the man a rest
by theTSF on Wed 30th Sep 2009 12:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Give the man a rest"
theTSF Member since:
2005-09-27

RMS is a dinosaur in the literary term of the word. He has became a Liberal Conservative. (Liberal in terms of politics) (Conserservative in terms he is no longer flexible to change)

When he was at the best he was being truely liberal saying Yes I see the problem this is what I think is the solution.

Now he has changed by going no this is bad that is bad. Nothing is the way it should be.

If he was truly still sharp he would work on fixing the GPL to a direction different from his original vision, as the times has changed and so has the nature of Open Source. Ok finding the problems but then coming with solutions for them other then just stating anyone who disagrees with him is an evil corporate monger.

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RE[3]: Give the man a rest
by google_ninja on Wed 30th Sep 2009 14:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Give the man a rest"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

he's attacked because he is a fanatic, AND he is a dick about it, AND has been trolling the internet for a very long time now.

And RMS did not invent open source, ESR did. RMS is against open source.

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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[3]: Give the man a rest
by BluenoseJake on Wed 30th Sep 2009 14:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Give the man a rest"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

The concepts of opensource and free software predate RMS. Google the history of Unix, you'll see a rich history of code sharing.

And just because he started the movement does not mean that he has not become unstable, inflexible and mean.

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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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