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[3]: Give the man a rest
by theTSF on Wed 30th Sep 2009 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Give the man a rest"
theTSF
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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[4]: Give the man a rest
by spiderman on Wed 30th Sep 2009 13:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Give the man a rest"
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2008-10-23

Well, liberal and conservative don't mean the same thing outside the US. Actually they are the same thing outside the US (and probably inside the US too, but don't tell them).
Anyway, I believe you just don't get the man. He's involved in free software and not so much in open source. His solution involves writing and recommending to use free software.
The problem is that some corporations don't like it and are making everything they can to block him. When Apple pushes updates to stop pyMusique from working, people applause. When RMS says it's bad, fools cry that the man is mad. Apple is not a man, it has no soul. How come people feel the need to defend it, no matter how wrong it is? Too much propaganda?

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