> I have no idea why you keep bringing this strange analogy up... How is that in any way similar? What "minority" is being insulted here? The "minority" of proprietary software? I'm pretty sure that's like calling a white male a "honkey"; no one cares or is insulted, including the white male in question!
As I understand, the intended meaning of this comment is both that _users_ of proprietary software are 'slaves', as well as producers/sellers of such software are 'slavers'.
>> To me that is just the same cheap game of 'associate something you don't
>> like with something that outrages people to get a bigger response' that
>> is also played with 'think about the children'. Except this one is
>> played by key FOSS advocates, associating 'proprietary software' with
> And, here I somewhat agree with you... It's kind of silly, and surely there's a better metaphor... (The "rent vs. own" concept seems to work well...) However, at the same time, I also think it's silly to get all worked up over a commonly used term as if it were the most offensive thing ever uttered by another human being... It's not offensive in any way that I can see... It's just silly...
I don't think this is silly, as we have a group determined to associate 'slavery' with a whole bunch of honest working people.