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LinuxLock.org: Re: A misguided view of Free Software

May 21, 2000, 16:36 (15 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Chris Carella for this link. ]

"While browsing the web late Saturday night, I became suprised at how some people still don't understand "Free Software". Bertrand Meyer, recently in an essay titled "The Ethics of Free Software", slandered Free Software, The GNU, Richard Stallman and Eric Raymond, often connecting unrelated points in an attempt to thrash the Free Software movement."

"Free software is not at all about what is described by Meyer, he describes partially fictional community, and misquotes some of the more outspoken proponents. I think it is important to note that there is no leader of this movement. The GNU is way bigger than Stallman and Raymond. I also find it interesting that the essay didn't include much of the voices of Linux Torvalds, Bob Young, Bruce Perens, Tim Orielly, or Larry Wall. Those are some of the really important voices in the Open Source community. It isn't quite fair to generalize the whole movement on only 2 people who are in the public's eye."

"In Summary I think it is important to note, that others also probably have misunderstandings of the Free Software movement. It is more important than ever that us in the community advocate Free Software, expalining it to as many as possible. Start by telling your mom what it is, and keep expanding from there. Our beliefs have just begun to invade the mainstream, and with some effort and time they will get it."

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