The Invisible Hand
david at usermode.org
Mon Oct 1 01:02:10 UTC 2001
On Saturday 29 September 2001 22:20, Matthew C. Weigel wrote:
> The FSF and OSI distance themselves from one another politically, and
> advocates of one over another disagree, but NO ONE says the things you
> are ascribing to them.
Double checking to make sure I'm not getting signals crossed from an
alternate reality... nope.
Some RMS quotes from www.gnu.org [with my emphasis added]:
"Years ago, free software developers noticed this discomfort reaction, and
some started exploring an approach for _avoiding_ it. They figured that by
_keeping_quiet_ about ethics and freedom, and talking only about the
immediate practical benefits of certain free software, they might be able to
``sell'' the software more effectively to certain users, especially business."
"At present, we have plenty of ``keep quiet'', but not enough freedom talk."
"We are not against the Open Source movement, but we don't want to be
_lumped_in_ with them."
And some from a LTTE to DDJ, April 2001:
"GNU is a part of the Free Software Movement and has _nothing_to_do_ with the
Open Source Movement."
"The Open Source Movement was founded in 1998 specifically to _reject_ our
idealist philosophy. They cite _only_ practical advantages such as ''power,
reliable software'' as the basis for everything they say, and studiously
_avoid_ deeper issues such as freedom and principle."
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