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NewsForge: Open Source apps for Windows - can't we all just get along?

Nov 19, 2000, 08:50 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"The way Linux plays against Microsoft brings to mind images of the American revolution. Closed-source guys are the redcoats and the free software community is filled with upstart patriots. It's not too difficult to imagine Richard M. Stallman dumping boxes of Windows CDs into Boston Harbor, or Eric S. Raymond donning a tricorn and navigating the Sacramento River in California with a boatload of rebel coders in tow."

"Stallman, founder of the Free Software Movement: 'Either toss the Windows out of your computer, or toss your computer out the window!'"

"The opposition the colonists had for British monarchy was understandable; after all, their personal liberties and safety were at stake. Is today's software struggle worthy of the same level of strife? Certainly not -- but if you examine the atmosphere of animosity perpetrated at big discussion sites like Slashdot, it'd be easy to come away with the impression that software's freedom fighters are ready to fight to the death against the tyranny of King Gates."

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