What does MacRumors think of Richard Stallman?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by BobEsponja, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. BobEsponja macrumors newbie

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  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    He's an idiot that is hung up on himself.

    Free software is a great idea, but without paid software you would never have free software (at least not to the level it is today).

    If all software was free, and no one could make money from it then who on earth would fund computer research (and who would become a software engineer since theres no money in the field and you wouldn't get paid?)

    Many, if not most of the people contributing their time to linux projects at night are software engineers and programmers making a living at regular companies during the day.
     
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    I think Stallman is a jerk, but you're misrepresenting his position.

    He's an advocate of free (as in speech), not necessarily free (as in beer).

    It's an important distinction. You can still make money off free (as in speech) software.


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    You aren't the first to point that out to me. I think I should probably watch more of his stuff. I've only seen a few speeches and an article and was very put off by him. Perhaps a rush to judgement on my part.
     
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Well, I have nothing against him. His software is pretty good, and its all free. Not sure about the beard though.
     

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