After takin' a swig o' grog, Ruel Smith belched out
this bit o' wisdom:
> DFS <nospam@xxxxxxxx> said on 2008-12-25:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Richard Stallman: A non-free program
>>> systematically denies the users the freedom to cooperate; it is the
>>> basis of an antisocial scheme to dominate people.
>> RMS is confused and paranoid.
> I have great respect for Stallman. He does sound paranoid sometimes.
It's not paranoia if they're out to get you.
Sudhakar has a link to a post by Richard Stallman that illustrates just
how paranoid Stallman is of Microsoft. It is quite amusing: ...
Just before the mid-term elections, we saw the next round of attacks in
Microsoft's campaign against the GNU GPL. Adam Smith, a Congressional
Representative from the state of Washington, who is well-funded by
Microsoft lobbying dollars, circulated a "dear colleague"
letter discouraging government use of GPL'ed software. Like all the
Microsoft attacks of the last eighteen months, it backfired and Smith
backpedaled within two weeks. Even though Steve Ballmer has now declared
GPL'ed software "enemy number one", ousting the likes of Oracle
and Sun, we still remain the wily adversary. Microsoft so far knows only
how to fight competitors like themselves -- companies interested in
subjugating users by restricting them. For now, Microsoft and other
proprietary software companies remain unsure how to oppose a movement
whose primary goal is software liberation. Our adept responses to their
attacks have kept them off-balance.
That's just one angle of attack from Microsoft.
> Many users simply don't care about closed and open source as long
> as they have the ability to acquire software that can read/write their
> documents while not leaving their comfort-zone.
When you're not looking at it, this fortune is written in FORTRAN.