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[News] [Rival] Attack on Richard Stallman Comes from Usual Suspects

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Attack on Richard Stallman Comes from Usual Suspects
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:03:10 +0000
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,----[ Quote ]
| Coincidence is an amazing thing.For example, 
| it can surely only be pure coincidence that 
| the cast of characters making the most noise 
| attacking RMS and calling for a vote on GNOME 
| leaving GNU was among same cast of characters 
| that made the most noise attacking RMS and 
| calling for him to be banned earlier this 
| year.
| [...]
| Now thatâs The Spirit of Fauxpen Sourceâ in 
| action!


GNOME got poisoned.


RMS: An American Free Software Advocate

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| In 1983 Stallman wanted to create a free
| Unix-like operating system so he launched
| the GNU Project and set up the Free
| Software Foundation just a couple years
| later. âThe name âGNUâ was chosen because
| it met a few requirements; âfirst, it was a
| recursive acronym for âGNU's Not Unixâ,
| second, because it was a real word, and
| third, it was fun to sayâ (FSF).
| Stallman also pioneered the concept of
| copyleft which is a legal mechanism to
| protect the modification and redistribution
| rights for free software. He is the main
| author of several copyleft licenses
| including the GNU General Public License
| (GPL), the most widely used free software
| license. âThe Foundations of the GPL states
| that nobody should be restricted by the
| software they use. There are four freedoms
| that every user should have:
|     * the freedom to use the software for
|     any purpose,
|     * the freedom to change the software to
|     suit your needs,
|     * the freedom to share the software
|     with your friends and neighbors, and
|     * the freedom to share the changes you
|     makeâ (FSF).


Stallman slams Microsoft's Codeplex Foundation

,----[ Quote ]
| âThe first thing we see is that the
| organisation ducks the issue of users'
| freedom; it uses the term "open source"
| and does not speak of 'free software', he
| wrote. âEvidently Microsoft would rather
| confront the practical competition of
| open source than the free software
| movement's ethical criticism. Its long
| standing practice of criticising only
| 'open source' does double duty: attacking
| one opponent while distracting attention
| from the other.â


Richard Stallman Speaks

,----[ Quote ]
| I had the honor and pleasure of speaking
| to Richard Stallman a few days ago while
| he was in New Zealand on a speaking tour.
| I had been in an email conversation with
| him over several days asking about which
| software programs he uses and I finally
| connected with him for some clarification
| and more details. So, if you've ever
| wanted to get the scoop straight from the
| man himself, you'll want to listen to the
| podcast.


Richard Stallman Speaks

,----[ Quote ]
| The link below is for a live phone conversation I
| had recently (October 3, 2009) while he was in
| New Zealand.


Interview with Richard Stallman

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| Q: How effective do you think youâve been at creating change?
| A: I cannot impartially estimate my own capacity, so I cannot
| answer that question. What is clear is that we have at least gained
| a foothold for using computers in freedom, but that we are still
| far from our goal: that all software users should be free. At least
| the free software movement continues to grow.
| Q: What would you consider your most significant accomplishments as
| an activist?
| A: We have developed free operating systems, free graphical
| environments, free applications, free media players, free games â
| thousands of them. Some regions have adopted GNU/Linux for their
| public schools. Now we have to convince the rest of the world to do
| the same.


Building on Richard Stallman's Greatest Achievement

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| What was Richard Stallman's greatest achievement? Some might say it's Emacs,
| one of the most powerful and adaptable pieces of software ever written.
| Others might plump for gcc, an indispensable tool used by probably millions
| of hackers to write yet more free software. And then there is the entire GNU
| project, astonishing in its ambition to create a Unix-like operating system
| from scratch. But for me, his single most important hack was the creation of
| the GNU General Public Licence.
| The GNU GPL did several things. First, it provided a kind of written
| constitution for free software, helping to define what exactly that meant,
| and providing a benchmark against which it could be measured. Secondly, it
| provided a legal framework for something quite new: an attempt to give users
| rights, rather than take them away. And thirdly, it did that in a totally
| radical way.


And RMS Spake, and it Was Good

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| And it's also a red-letter day when he does, as with his latest missive: "The
| Javascript Trap".
| [...]
| He comes up with some interesting solutions:
|     we need to change free browsers to support freedom for users of pages
|     with Javascript. First of all, browsers should be able to tell the user
|     about nontrivial non-free Javascript programs, rather than running them.
|     Perhaps NoScript could be adapted to do this.
|     Browser users also need a convenient facility to specify Javascript code
|     to use instead of the Javascript in a certain page.
| RMS: where would we be without him?

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