[FoRK] Re: Okay, I've had it! (Daily Rant vol. N, large N)

Matt Jensen <mattj at newsblip.com> on Thu Sep 13 12:27:10 PDT 2007

Quoting Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org>:

> Put differently:  through the lens of history, it's clear.  People
> wanted an operating system, not a revolution.

Don't "people" want applications, rather than an operating system?   
That's what RMS built first; you seem to be saying he goofed off for  
the next 15 years.  If he did, I think he earned it for kicking off a  
movement in the first five years.

Maybe what really flipped your rant bit was that his list of "four  
essential freedoms" was zero-based.

If you want to rant on someone's incompetency, take a good look at the  
interviewer's questions. Stallman politely corrects him:

Moon: Back then [in 1983, was it] already clear that software was  
becoming proprietary?

Stallman: In 1983, all operating systems were proprietary, non-free software.
Moon: People used to call Linux a synonym for GNU, much like Windows  
became a synonym for the PC operating system. ...

Stallman: I'm not sure what you mean by "the same." Windows is the  
official name (not just a synonym) for a user-subjugating, proprietary  
operating system developed by Microsoft.
(p.s. - "Recorder flutes" is redundant.  A recorder is a fipple flute.)

Matt Jensen

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