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[2]: Give the man a rest
by TechGeek on Wed 30th Sep 2009 14:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Give the man a rest"
TechGeek
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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"
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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[4]: Give the man a rest
by spiderman on Wed 30th Sep 2009 15:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Give the man a rest"
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2008-10-23


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

Indeed, but just because he eats strange things and apologizes after making an error does not mean he has become unstable, inflexible and mean.
All I see here is people taking cheap shot at him for little things nobody should care about while discarding the important things he says.

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