eWeek: RMS rips Microsoft, Caldera's Ransom Love
May 29, 2001, 23:07 (84 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)
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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
"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?"