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eWeek: RMS rips Microsoft, Caldera's Ransom Love

May 29, 2001, 23:07 (84 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

In a speech at New York University's Stern School of Business, Richard Stallman defends the GPL against attacks from Microsoft minions -- and takes a few shots at Caldera, calling it a "parasite" on the free-software movement. eWeek's Mary Jo Foley was on hand to report on the latest from Stallman:

"The GNU GPL defends your freedom. This is why Microsoft is attacking today," Stallman told the audience. "Microsoft would like to take the code we wrote and make improvements or even introduce some incompatible versions -- and put it on everybody's desktop. But the GPL doesn't allow for 'embrace and extend.'"
Stallman also saves some salvos for Caldera and Ramson Love, who recently questioned whether the GPL could be effectively used in a business environment:
"Caldera's not a free software company at all. They are just a parasite," Stallman claimed in a press conference following his talk. "Who in the world is Ransom Love to have any ideas about what's good for our community?"

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