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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by r_a_trip on Wed 21st Mar 2012 11:03 UTC in reply to "Re:"
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Stallman is an egoistic ungrateful jerk that damages open source. Access and distribution rights over the source code is a priviledge (a convinience), not a right.

Depends on the license of the software. With GPL-ed software it is a right granted by the license stipulations.

One can rail against Stallman for doing damage to Open Source, but I don't think Stallman would mourn one day if the notion of Open Source vanished off the face of the earth. Open Source is nothing but Free Software with the philosophical and political parts removed. As such it considerably weakens the position of Free Software.

Stallman cares about Free Software. Software licensed in a way that gives you the Four Freedoms. Free Software is about more than the convenience of collaborative development models.

When it comes to excuses, developers don't have any. The power lies solely with the end user. It is the end user, who decides what terms are acceptable, not the developer. The developer can put any terms on his software he wants, but if end users deem these unacceptable, they either refrain from using the software or they brush aside the legalese and use the software against the stipulations anyway. The only decision the developer truly has power over is to develop and maintain the software or not.

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