Of hypocrisy and the FSF (Libervis)
Posted Dec 6, 2006 19:13 UTC (Wed) by jmmc
In reply to: Of hypocrisy and the FSF (Libervis)
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If you have issues with the FSF, be much clearer. How you got off into some knee-jerk indictment of RMS, like many do, boggles my mind.
You did mean to say _software_ freedom, right ? Because you used the term freedom generally - in fact, you never mention the word software in your reply. You may have thought you were in the context of the software world, (this being LWN and all) but your reply, to me, exhibits that 'fear and loathing' extension which a lot a people ascribe to RMS for reasons unknown. I mean, imho, Richard seems like the 'least nuanced' person I've heard in the software world. To me, RMS has always just stated his case, and left it for us to decide. This idea that he has some sort of, 'uber-sinister' plan via the FSF to bring us what ? - more freedom ? is just strange to me.
Richard, as I hear him, (and I'm neither an apologist nor general defender, just a, imho, decent listener) continually speaks about 'Free Software' - in fact, although he may rarely and briefly digress in to issues of wider freedoms in the context of the whole of life, I rarely hear him use the terms 'Free' and 'Software' apart from each other. Richard, to his credit, always keeps the discussion about Free Software, as supported by existing copyright law. Once you've heard him go through the four freedoms (again, for software !), that pretty much sums it up. I never get the feeling RMS or the FSF is trying _force_ some sort of 'RMS/FSF Way' on me or on the software I choose to write or use.
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