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Re: [News] Stallman Facts

Verily I say unto thee, that chrisv spake thusly:
> Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
>> We have a moral obligation to share food with the starving, because
>>  they will die otherwise.  People will not die if they can't use 
>> OpenOffice.org.
>> The morality of something comes into play because if you do not 
>> share, you are causing another to suffer.  Not sharing your 
>> software does not cause them to suffer.
> What an idiotic string of words, from the binary boy.
> There's LOTS of moral issues that are not about "causing someone to 
> suffer", cretin.  Your starving/dying/mass-genocide idiocies are 
> incredibly stupid.

Yes, more hyperbole and obtuse pedantry from the Microsoft apologist.

Fuddie forgets that there's all different kinds of "suffering". There's
the suffering of starving Africans, but there's also the somewhat lesser
suffering of a PC buyer, who must pay Windows tax on a machine that he
has no intentions of ever running Windows on, because Microsoft won't
allow (by contract, no less) OEMs to /share/ the so-called Channel with
other operating systems.

Microsoft are monopolists - this is a proven and well documented fact,
which has even seen them dragged into court on more than one occasion.
The essence of monopoly is greedily and unnecessarily hoarding
everything to oneself, thus deliberately depriving others to their
extreme detriment. This is malice, pure and simple, and thus profoundly
unethical. And no, business does not /require/ monopoly for subsistence,
or even for success - that's just the Corporatists' false dichotomy.


| "The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which
| the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf
| denounces him for the same act, as the destroyer of liberty.
| Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of
| the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails today
| among human creatures." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Fedora release 8 (Werewolf) on sky, running kernel
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