Linked by Linux Review on Tue 20th Mar 2012 17:07 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's been a while since we caught up with Stallman. But a couple months ago we took a look around at what's happening with law, politics and technology and realized that he maybe perhaps his extremism and paranoia were warranted all along. So when we were contacted by an Iranian Linux publication and asked if we would like to publish an English translation of a recent interview they had done with Stallman, I thought that it was a particularly rich opportunity.
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I just don't follow...
by Tuishimi on Tue 20th Mar 2012 18:27 UTC
Tuishimi
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2005-07-06

...his argument about ethics.

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RE: I just don't follow...
by danger_nakamura on Tue 20th Mar 2012 21:18 in reply to "I just don't follow..."
danger_nakamura Member since:
2011-06-21

Which part?

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RE[2]: I just don't follow...
by Tuishimi on Tue 20th Mar 2012 21:23 in reply to "RE: I just don't follow..."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, all of it. I mean, does he just mean to apply the philosophy to specific TYPES of software? He does state that the license shouldn't affect "paid development"... so is he referring only to software that has this license applied to it in the first place?

Yet it seems like to me he is suggesting that ALL software be "free".

(Am I asking that clearly?)

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RE[2]: I just don't follow...
by Tuishimi on Tue 20th Mar 2012 21:25 in reply to "RE: I just don't follow..."
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Also... this:
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If you convince people that some free software is technically superior, they might run some free software, but they will remain ready to use nonfree software in the areas where that is technically superior. They will continue to judge an important question based on superficial issues. This is just a partial success.

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If I am not convinced of this being an ethical issue in the first place surely preferring software that functions better is not superficial?

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