"Richard M. Stallman (RMS) the founder of the Free Software
Foundation, has labeled prominent Open Source software developer
Miguel De Icaza a â€œTraitorâ€ for
joining the Board of Directors of Microsoftâ€™s
CodePlex Foundation as well as for his creation of the Microsoft
.NET-compatible Mono software development framework. While
RMSâ€™s hatred of all things proprietary has
fueled the FSFâ€™s and GNUâ€™s
mission to create Free software alternatives for what seems like
eons, the overwhelming desire for interoperability between open and
proprietary systems makes this narrow-minded Cretaceous world view
ripe for extinction.
"I have some news for you. The GPL ensures that Free Software
will never be extinct. Thank you, Mr. Stallman, for inventing it.
For that alone, he will go down in history. Perlow will not. And
Miguel will not. You and I will not. But Stallman will. Do you know
why? Because with just his brain, he changed the world for the
"How many people can say that?
"For that reason alone, even if you don't agree with his goals,
he has earned respectful treatment. Anything less is boorish. But
if you simply can't restrain yourself from ad hominem attacks on
Stallman, you should at least get your facts right."
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