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NewsForge: Whither FSF? Group faces more challenges than ever

Sep 19, 2001, 20:45 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"What roles do Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) really play these days and what roles will they play in the future? All is not well with Open Source and its older brother, Free Software. Some Open Source companies, like VA Linux, are heading to proprietary software development, and Microsoft's top brass has been throwing the old trinity of fear, uncertainty and doubt at the GPL.

Caldera Systems is moving away from the FSF vision as fast as its feet can carry it, and in mid-August, Ulrich Drepper of Red Hat, a leading Free Software developer and long time critic of the FSF, denounced Richard M. Stallman, the FSF's president, in the glibc 2.2.4 release notes. Never before has the FSF faced so many varied challenges.

...Eric Raymond, the Open Source evangelist, isn't that optimistic about FSF's future, saying, 'Barring extraordinary leadership and a major change of direction (which I don't rule out; it never pays to underestimate RMS's intelligence) I think the FSF looks likely to self-destruct before long.'"

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