[ubuntu-za] Interview with Richard Stallman

Quintin van Rooyen quintin.vanrooyen at gmail.com
Mon Nov 26 15:38:48 UTC 2012

On Nov 26, 2012 5:09 PM, "ubuntupunk at gmail.com" <ubuntupunk at gmail.com>
> Come on, RMS is God, a literal Saint, if it weren't for him, we'd still
be   BSOD or worse, up to our eyeballs in debt paying off a Unix license.
RMS liberated the C compiler and gave us rules to live by, we can't thank
him enough for GPL and Free Software Movement, if he spends the rest of his
days, wacked out on Jolt Cola tearing into tweens for hero worshipping
Linuz Torvelds, whose only contribution to civilisation is the Linux
kernel,then he will have done his work on planet earth. :)

Citation needed.

> On Monday, November 26, 2012, Leon Gert Marincowitz wrote:
>> One must differentiate a person's achievements from their behaviour.
Great achievements never justify atrocious bahaviour, thats self
righteousness. The greatness of Mandela seems to be his very humility,
which makes him even greater.
>>  I came across RMS's tirades before ever knowing what he had done which
means his reputation precedes him. One report I read spoke of him tearing
into a 12 yrs old kid as he was trying to thank the "great" RMS for what
he'd done, said Linux instead of Gnu/Linux. This interview redeemed him
quite a bit for me, which made me think of our own Shuttleworth who
generally refuses to hop on the bandwagon of insulting everyone and believe
there's enough space for everyone in the software world. This is very
Mandela-like and Ubuntu like according to the philosophy thats been
recently written by people such as UJ philosopher Thad Metz.
>> I noted the community pledge when signing up, something along the lines
of not insulting or being disparaging towards another. This is good, not to
stoke fires even further, but I've heard Shuttleworth say open source.
>> Does anyone have a definite answer on where Ubuntu sits in this debate
or does it even matter and instead refer to Floss as a term of not taking
>> Best
>> Leon
>> 083 982 63 15
>> lmarincowitz at gmail.com
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