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[4]: Give the man a rest
by spiderman on Wed 30th Sep 2009 15:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Give the man a rest"
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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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RE[5]: Give the man a rest
by BluenoseJake on Wed 30th Sep 2009 17:31 in reply to "RE[4]: Give the man a rest"
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He's inflexible because he can't seem to grasp that if you have the freedom to free your code, then you also have the freedom to close it. He says you have certain rights, but simultaneously takes your right to choose away from you.

He cannot see the reality of the situation, that developers also have the right to release their software in any form they chose, they have the right to get paid for their work, and honestly, all the donations in the world will not help FOSS feed all the developers in the world or their families.

Proprietary software also has a place in the world, and RMS refuses to see that. I use a mix of FOSS and closed source software, choosing whatever does the job the best.

That's true freedom, the freedom to choose.

Do a google search, and you'll see that RMS has been doing more harm then good for several years.

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RE[6]: Give the man a rest
by spiderman on Wed 30th Sep 2009 19:44 in reply to "RE[5]: Give the man a rest"
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Right, so you don't agree with him. He has been saying the same thing for more than the last years though. He's been saying that since 1984 at least. There is nothing new here. The man still believe what he believed in 1984. The movement he started with others was just about that: free software, as defined by the FSF. It's his movement and the FSF is all about free software. He is not doing anything wrong by saying what the FSF stands for. He may not convince you but you are against the core principle of the FSF and nothing will convince you that the FSF is right anyway, be it RMS or anybody.
So the man did nothing wrong. You just don't agree with him. By all means, say it, but attacking the man personally is low in my opinion. You are not doing your cause any good.

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