GNU/Linux, FLOSS, and Ubuntu

Derek Broughton news at
Sun Aug 26 16:15:38 UTC 2007

Smoot Carl-Mitchell wrote:

> On Sat, 2007-08-25 at 14:26 -0400, Shawn McCuan wrote:
>> Really it boils down to Richard Stallman being a little too psychotic
>> about free software. On one end, you have Microsoft, where 99.9% is
>> closed source and proprietary - on the other extreme is Richard
>> Stallman (GNU) and his "everything must be absolutely and without
>> question 100% open source or the world is going to end" view. I'm a
>> huge proponent of open source software. I would like to see a world
>> that was 100% open source, but I know that chances of that happening
>> in my lifetime are slim to, if I have to use one or two
>> source applications with my free software, that is okay by me.
> Use of the word psychotic is inappropriate in this context. 

Debatable, but hardly inappropriate.

> Mr. Stallman is being quite rational and consistent in his views about
> Free (as in liberty) Software. I do not think he has a problem with
> proprietary software - people can license or copywrite their own
> intellectual property in any way they see fit.

Not as I've seen it.  He is consistent, but not rational: he does indeed
have a problem with proprietary software.

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