[LINK] Linux deviation impedes developers
Tizard, James (IEPO)
Fri, 23 Mar 2001 17:08:05 +1030
>Developers of free software have (much like the rest of the community) a
>diverse range of politcal views on the right and on the left.
Diverse is the word. A lesson from the Internet is that people who might
seem close or familiar in some senses can in fact come from a very different
From: Damien Miller [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 3:37 PM
To: Chirgwin, Richard
Subject: RE: [LINK] Linux deviation impedes developers
On Fri, 23 Mar 2001, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:
> Damn, I thought my filter software got rid of blasphemy!
> Oh I am so sick of people being so damn stupid. Having found the field
> relatively uncontested, the open source community has decided to start
> playing against itself.
> Can I blaspheme some more?
> 1) Too much open source coalesces around The Gurus. And they're just
> clay-footed humans like the rest of us: prone to ego, and liable to pursue
> agendas based on who they like and don't like. The meritocracy of open
> source is already giving way to an egotocracy.
I don't think this is remotely true. The vast majority of free software
developers (in my experience) don't pontificate or attempt to link their
work to extraneous agenda.
What _major_ free software projects are lead by people with seperate
agenda? How many of these use their software to further their agenda?
I can't think of any clear examples off the top of my head. The closest
would be Richard Stallman (who is not particulaly involved with
development these days AFAIK) and various information-must-be-free crypto
projects such as freedom.net.
> 2) Any time any commercial entity touches the open source world, it has to
> put up with /. abuse.
The rabble that is Slashdot is pretty good at abusing free software
projects too. Come to think of it, they are _very_ good at abusing
Slashdot itself :)
> 3) It's also time to untie what's good for software from the various
> hippie-gun nut-socialist-individualist political agendas. Nobody cares
> whether open source is an expression of (variously) free love, the right
> bear arms, anti-capitalism, or the supremacy of the individual. Most
> want stuff that works.
Developers of free software have (much like the rest of the community) a
diverse range of politcal views on the right and on the left.
People seem to want to ascribe a political agenda to "free software", but
it doesn't have one.
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