Re: [linux-audio-dev] Re: [linux-audio-user] Free Software vs. Open Source: Where do*you* stand?

From: David Kastrup <dak@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Tue Feb 21 2006 - 18:32:47 EET

Pete Bessman <ninjadroid@email-addr-hidden> writes:

> On Tue, 2006-02-21 at 11:06 +0100, David Kastrup wrote:
>> Pete complains that maybe he has listened too much to Stallman. I am
>> afraid if he did, he did not understand too much. Stallman is not a
>> person who promises superior quality of free software: that would be
>> the panacea of the "Open Software" camp. Stallman says that he
>> refuses to use non-free software for ethical reasons.
> I know what he stands for, I just don't agree with it anymore. I think
> it's illogical, and I think my subconcious always rejected it, and as a
> response to this psychological discomfort, I think I developed a knee-
> jerk "sucks" response to proprietary software.
> It's what psychologists call projection. When confronted with a
> shortcoming in yourself, you project that same shortcoming onto others
> so you don't feel like it's totally yours to deal with. You think OSS
> has UI issues? You should see windows! You think dependency hell
> sucks? Well go check out DLL hell! Etc.
> Basically, after years of forcing myself to accept a dogma that, upon
> closer inspection, I think is a bunch of baloney, I have a lot of poison
> in my brain that I need to remove so that I can think clearly, calmly,
> and rationally. There are some ex-communists in the libertarian circles
> in which I tread, and they have the same kind of problem WRT Marx and
> communist ideology. And current communists are engaging in projection
> and the like on an awe-inspiring scale.
> BTW, this isn't meant to equate OSS with communism. I just want to
> drive home the point that I did not misinterpret one iota of the
> Stallman verse --- I'm just tossing it in the trash bin along with
> my Torah.

Well, what you theatrically toss has not been Stallman's invention at
all. I recommend you search for another scapegoat. He never promised
you a Rosegarden.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
Received on Sun Feb 26 20:17:58 2006

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