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osViews: Of Free Software and Zealots

Jul 20, 2004, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"From the title of this, you are undoubtedly expecting a wonderfully inflammatory troll in which I either a) complain about Free Software and the zealotry it creates, or b) say that they aren't really zealots, they have a good point, and you should all listen to them. Both of these would make very controversial articles indeed, but if it is controversy you are looking for I'm afraid you won't find it here.

"I visit countless FLOSS news sites every day. I see comments that come from within the community, and I am amazed at the levels of intelligence that can be put into being stupid. That said, I am definitally not saying that either side of the aformentioned debate is necessarily right or wrong, simply that in many cases both sides are argued intelligently but based on false assumptions. One of the ones that bothered me in particular is the use of the word 'zealot' in describing people who believe in the values of the Free Software Foundation..."

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