Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Sep 2010 21:15 UTC, submitted by Gregory Plummer
GNU, GPL, Open Source "So what is the state of the Hurd? Is it vaporware, like Duke Nukem Forever? Fortunately not: the code exists, there is still work going on (for instance as part of Google Summer of Code), and there are even some relatively functional Hurd distributions. Let's look first at the code and the current architecture, and then at the Hurd distributions."
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tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

I get very irritated when I see kids nowadays trashing Stallman because he actually has the temerity of believing in something. You may agree with him or not, but GNU is his baby and he has a track record to back up his stances. I may disagree with him, but my respect he has earned. Some people nowadays seem to consider anyone who actually stands for something as being a threat to their entitlement to apathy.


Most of these kids do not comprehend that all those GNU tools they take for granted, used to be not only very expensive... but rather exclusive tools. I remember how back in the late 90s eve, SGI for example would charge a pretty penny not just for the compilers for Irix, but just the libraries themselves, on top of the hefty licensing costs for the OS and the HW.

It is easy to trash the farmer once the salad has made it to one's table and is ready to be eaten.

Edited 2010-09-25 05:24 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

I get very irritated when I see kids nowadays trashing Stallman because he actually has the temerity of believing in something.


If anyone should be called kids it should be the people who follow him since they have a child like understanding of economics.

The heaven's gate cult leader also had strong beliefs, maybe he should have been admired as well.


It is easy to trash the farmer once the salad has made it to one's table and is ready to be eaten.


Without GNU the world would just have used FreeBSD and would probably be better off for it since it uses a standard base and wouldn't have encouraged endless sound stack and package format wars.

Stallman does not have viable alternatives to existing software development models. This can be seen in his recent answer to proprietary game development which is to lower your standards.

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