Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Dec 2009 15:16 UTC, submitted by chully
Gnome Over the weekend, there has been a bit of a ruffling of the feathers over in the GNOME camp. It started with complaints received about the content on Planet GNOME, and ended with people proposing and organising a vote to split GNOME from the GNU Project.
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czayas
Member since:
2009-04-09

I am a little tired of comparisons of Free Software advocacy with religion. A religious person is one that believes in something without physical evidence, frequently irrational stuff. I think that proprietary software developers always tried to make us believe stuff like this, such as during the 80s when proprietary software was something that should be used as a book. Now we must consider proprietary software as part of the hardware. I support free software because it seems a rational approach to the software, as opposed to proprietary software that attempts to create artificial scarcity protected by legal measures that often stifle innovation. Remember that RMS is a practicing atheist, Saint IGNUcius is a parody act. Please, stop comparing the FSF with a religious organization. The proprietary software industry seems more appropriate for this comparison. And with this approach, the BSA would be the Holy Inquisition.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

as well as the absolute adherence to an ideal without tolerance of dissent.

RMS also provides a utopic plan and a moral guideline for followers.

I'd actually compare it to a cult since it was created by a single person who expects everyone to follow his will.

But the fact that they have a website describing Windows 7 as sinful says enough.
http://en.windows7sins.org/

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Any topic can be considered religiously. I wouldn't limit it to recognized religions or cults (unrecognized religions). FS ideals and the broken form of Capitalism that retail software competes in are both taken to the point of religion by some within. Talk to a business grad who's entire world revolves around the idea that capitalism results in the highest profit from the best product based on consumer choice. You'll find equally little room for "what if" scenarios with that particular topic taken to the extreme of religious belief.

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fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

as well as the absolute adherence to an ideal without tolerance of dissent.

RMS also provides a utopic plan and a moral guideline for followers.

I'd actually compare it to a cult since it was created by a single person who expects everyone to follow his will.

But the fact that they have a website describing Windows 7 as sinful says enough.
http://en.windows7sins.org/


I believe that his site is incomplete. NVIDIA , Imagination Technologies, Broadcom and SiS are also sinful. But you don't say anything because you are a windows troll.

If they published how to use their hardware (NOT HOW IT IS CONSTRUCTED) (charging the users accordingly to implemented standards) then they could have windows drivers for the luxury of windows users. But their attitude is not only sinful, it is also anti-competitive. They kill other platforms because they want to control how to use their silly machines.. wake up we are approaching 2010, have you heard about standards?

Personally I would have no problem with Windows if they implemented device support with standards, not with standardized OS specific software APIs (like USB mass storage). I believe this is what RMS is saying. He has no problem with Word if it is interoperable and I am sure that he would not have any problem with advertisements. But the situation is bad, the devices with small exceptions and office software implement no standards and this is cough...cough.. llegal ... cough...cough anticompetitive also to GNU/FSF. He does not want proprietary software.It is a matter of choice ....

.... but is it really with non-stanardized HW and not standards compatible software? He is angry with the situation and he has all the right to be.

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