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Richard Stallman is doing a lecture on 'The Danger of Software Patents' tonight at my Uni; and I thought I'd go watch, should hopefully be interesting

Just wondering, what are everyones opinions on Richard Stallman and his ideas, and about software activism in general?

I think he's quite inspirational and clearly believes very strongly about free software, but sometimes his attitude that Microsoft software is evil and GPL software is good goes a little too far.
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He's certainly worth seeing and listening to. Even if you disagree with some of the points he makes.
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the dude is an absolute nutjob.

he's got some whacked out ideas and ideas on how to implement his ideas.

GPL is a great idea, but there is a reason why a lot of dev's don't release under gplv3, and why the lgpl was created, they guy lost his edge in the mid 90's. he's not the icon he is made out to be tho, very intelligent and gnu and linux wouldn't be where it is today without him. each year he gets more and more crazy with his "rants" about proprietary software.
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the dude is an absolute nutjob.

he's got some whacked out ideas and ideas on how to implement his ideas.

GPL is a great idea, but there is a reason why a lot of dev's don't release under gplv3, and why the lgpl was created, they guy lost his edge in the mid 90's. he's not the icon he is made out to be tho, very intelligent and gnu and linux wouldn't be where it is today without him. each year he gets more and more crazy with his "rants" about proprietary software.
I can't help but agreeing with you about that, one of the things he said today which I got a little annoyed with was: 'It is better to not create software at all, than create it and release it as proprietary'.

Really interesting lecture though, although the best part of it by a mile was the free tea, coffee, food and stickers
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my favorite stalman thing he has ever said, was in his "blog" about how we should sterilize everyone when they test positive for a std.
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Stallman actually promotes software piracy as an alternative to telling a friend to purchase some proprietary software. No joke! Actually that's twisting what he said a bit, and I'm not sure the point he was making was entirely serious. It was quite a while ago that I went to his seminar.

I personally find him admirable because of his uncompromising views. He doesn't just feel strongly about the issue when talking in public, he takes it seriously in everything he does. Not many people will sacrifice whatever is necessary to maintain their views.
    
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i like stallman, i agree on a lot of his views on software and source code, i don't agree that piracy is justifiable, i think a no use is more damaging to a company than a use no sale, cause if you pirate it and tell a friend about it, they might just buy it, but if you don't use it, and don't tell any one about it, then the word of mouth advertising fails

now the other view on stallman, there is the crazy you follow, that turns out not to be crazy and being the best thing since sliced bread, and then there is the type of crazy that you follow and you end up drinking the purple koolaid and it makes the whole operation look bad...stallman at times i feel is the latter type...

stallman should just stick to his views on software, he sounds less crazy, his other world views if we followed them, we'd be gelding people for lapses in judgement, wearing tin foil hats, and not shaving for 30 years....
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Well the STD thing follows the ame scenario as the AIDS epidemic. If you want to really get rid of it you have only a few options.

1)Quarantine them (island, make sure they won't survive leaving).

2)Make sure those who have it can't spread it, ALL COSTS. Keep them from reproducing or even enjoying the act? At least they can't spread what they have.

3) Kill them.

It's not a pretty solution but... In all honesty it's the only solution that will work hands down. Everything else we have tried hasn't even contained any of the more annoying diseases.
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Well the STD thing follows the ame scenario as the AIDS epidemic. If you want to really get rid of it you have only a few options.

1)Quarantine them (island, make sure they won't survive leaving).

2)Make sure those who have it can't spread it, ALL COSTS. Keep them from reproducing or even enjoying the act? At least they can't spread what they have.

3) Kill them.

It's not a pretty solution but... In all honesty it's the only solution that will work hands down. Everything else we have tried hasn't even contained any of the more annoying diseases.
1) find a cure or at least a vaccine.

2) educate about the importance of safe sex.

i honestly don't consider any of your options as "viable". he was probably asked the question at some point "how would you go about finding a cure?" and his answer is very clean cut and logical, but its not right
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I like Stallman as a figurehead for the FOSS movement, but I don't agree that propriatory software is evil. Software development is about making your own choices about the software you right - if you choose to not release the source code, it's your choice. I don't judge based on that.

I judge based on failing to assist the open-souce community in integrating with them (ATI), and charging for propriatory software that isn't any better than the FOSS stuff (Microsoft).

In terms of propriatory standards adopted by industry, I don't blame people for creating them, it is a shame that the industry adopts them though. It's a shame that DirectX is as big as it is, and that Flash is equally big (the impact of HTML5 hasn't been felt yet, but I don't think it's going to come close to ridding the world of Flash). I don't blame Microsoft or Adobe for creating those products, they're businesses and have to make money, but it's a shame the games & web design industries have been suckered into it all though.
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