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The Register: RMS: Why Open Source Needs Free Software's Ideals

Sep 16, 2002, 22:00 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Stallman)

"I read your article about Microsoft and Security-Enhanced Linux with interest, and saw your advice to the open-source community.

"I do not advocate open source, but I wrote a free software license, the GNU General Public License, that is described by some as 'open source'. I also launched, in 1984, the development of a free software operating system that is 'Linux' by some. I hope this makes my response worth reading.

"The article said:

"'None of which is to say that Microsoft is doing anything wrong. They're a business, and they are doing what they need to do to win in the marketplace. What's wrong is the rest of the industry allowing them to get away with it.'

"I beg to differ: Microsoft is doing plenty of things that are wrong. For one thing, it is developing proprietary, non-free software--software with licenses designed to keep users divided and dependent. That is fundamentally wrong..."

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