safety-critical systems can use ROM
Posted Oct 18, 2006 22:42 UTC (Wed) by man_ls
In reply to: safety-critical systems can use ROM
Parent article: FSF should separate GPLv3 changes (Linux.com)
RMS does not believe in choice-- he believes that all software should be open source, and that closed source software is immoral.
Stallman is known for his strong opinions on this matter, yes. Surprise surprise: believing that something is immoral is not the same as believing that something is evil, shoud be banned or the perpetrators should be executed on the spot. We people do immoral things all the time and we live on.
By the way, if you said that to Stallman's face you would be treated to one of his "free software is different from open source" speeches. You would probably want to avoid that, that (and not morality) might be the real reason why people who have met Stallman or just seen him in action avoid the phrase "open source".
Of course, RMS doesn't care about stuff like this. He's happy to sit in his ivory tower [...] But Linus, who is a running a real project that is making a real difference in the world, recognizes that this license is a poison pill for open source projects, and is happy to avoid it.
You might be surprised to learn that GNU software (built by Stallman and accolytes) is used even more broadly than the Linux kernel (built by Torvals and company): it is also used in the *BSD family and on multiple proprietary Unices, and also on Windows and Mac OS X. It is hard to find a computer anywhere that cannot run any GNU software, and most do run it. By the way, from his ivory tower he created a license that governs now about 350 million lines of code (conservative estimate by Ingo Molnar, should be closer to a billion). To put this in perspective, it is about 70 to 200 times the size of the Linux kernel.
To each his own; you may not like Stallman, but I would say he is acutely aware of actual computer programming issues. That is why he is designing the GPLv3. It is on purpose. Yes, really.
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