In the news: Eric S. Raymond shifts to Ubuntu

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Thu Feb 22 06:53:04 GMT 2007

On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 13:04:02 +0800
"Michael T. Richter" <ttmrichter at> wrote:

> And so the character assassination begins as the purists get riled up
> once again.
> Would the Stallmanites please identify themselves with a show of hands?
> My killfile is feeling lonely here.

I think it's a bit more nuancé than you make it sound :)

There is a spectrum within the "community" from the extreme hard-line
"Freedom" end to the extreme pragmatist  "as long as it works" end.

Personally I am somewhere in between - not pure enough to run gNewSense ;-)
but in sympathy with much of the "Free as in Freedom" ideal. I think Ubuntu
is also somewhere in between.

Both Stallman and ESR have, at various times, made valid points, in my
view: - but there is much in both men's opinions and views with which I
disagree. That does not negate their contributions, even if some of their
statements set my teeth on edge ;)


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