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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All this talk about freedom...
by odegard on Wed 21st Mar 2012 08:22 UTC
odegard
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2012-01-11

... but the CPU in his machine is from CHINA? I'm sure there's a metaphor descripbing this using pots and kettles.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I used to find his apparent compromise in this area to be confusing as well, but you have to look at the entirety of his philosophy to understand it. He basically doesn't give two shits about the state of a country's government or political climate. He cares solely about the level of freedom in software. Look at his comments in this interview; he doesn't avoid visiting Iran because he opposes the government, he avoids it because he fears his opinions on freedom will subject him to incarceration or worse.

As for the processor in his laptop, he doesn't care (or maybe just doesn't even think) about the fact that it's produced in a corrupt, communist country known for oppressing and censoring its citizens, nor that the entire laptop is likely built in a factory much worse for its employees than Foxconn on a bad day. All he seems to care about is the fact that he needs no binary blobs, or indeed any non-GPL software, to enjoy the full capabilities of the device. It's quite the myopic view, but it's how he rolls.

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