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Re: [vox] Stallman on Slashdot
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Re: [vox] Stallman on Slashdot

Well sure, RMS gets to decide how he'll spend his time and
under what conditions.

And the rest of us get to decide what we think of him.  :-)

My view: I respect Stallman's contributions, but I'm gonna 
call it Linux.  It's easier to say than GNU/Linux, it's the 
commonly accepted label, and so it lets me finish a 
sentence without distracting from whatever point I want to 

Also I think RMS's request that LUGs change their names in
return for his presence is offensive.  Sure he has the right
to ask, but it's still tacky.

-- Rod

On Tuesday 21 May 2002 10:03 am, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Eric Engelhard (eric_cl@pacbell.net):
> > Not coercive, but presumptuous as hell.
> It's presumptuous to say "If you do foo, I'll come speak.  If you don't,
> I won't"?  I must say, I don't understand.
> Are you under the impression that the man is a public utility?  If not,
> why is it "presumptuous" for him to set conditions for what he's willing
> to do with his free time?
> > Instead he demands that SIGs concede on the issue and alter their
> > identity prior to his arrival.
> Words like "demands" in this context are a bit emotionally unbalanced,
> or at least severely lacking in the perspective one associates with a
> sane outlook:  Putting a gun to your forehead would make it a demand.
> Saying "I won't come speak unless you do foo" cannot be reasonably
> termed a demand.
> > I don't believe it is as pure as that. I think it is far more likely
> > that Stallman receives more speaking requests than he can field.
> If so, what makes this "pure"?  More to the point, what possible
> relevance does "purity" have to the foregoing discussion?  Even more to
> the point, what the hell are you doing second-hand-guessing the man's
> motives?  That's not only tacky, but also irrelevant to the subject
> under discussion.
> > Is he under the illusion that this is helping GNU?
> Is there some special reason why you feel a need to change the subject?
> The point is:  Even if he said he'd only troop all the way to hell and
> gone over to Texas to speak to SIGLINUX only if they changed their name
> to the League of Red-Headed, Left-Handed, Esperanto Teachers, that is
> neither "coercive" nor "presumptuous".  Neither you, Joe Barr, SIGLINUX,
> or anyone else besides Mr. Stallman have much business expressing
> opinions on conditions he imposes for travelling to speak to groups,
> unless and until you either hire him or are declared his mommy.

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