Why Richard Stallman doesn’t matter

Too many people have joined the chorus of cacophonous conversations online about booting Richard Stallman from the free software movement. They claim that his social behavior has prevented more people from joining. There are conspiracy theories claiming a hit job by an evil corp. The point that everybody misses is that Stallman’s views on software…

Stallman comments on CodePlex Foundation

We’ll have to judge the new foundation by its actions, but as a start there are no promising signs that this will contribute in any way to the free software movement. Instead, the foundation seems designed to increase the amount of software that, although distributed with licenses that respect formally the four freedoms (call it…

Is Microsoft the Great Satan?

We don’t hate Microsoft, and we don’t consider it the Great Satan. But we do recognize it as the company that has separated more users from their freedom than any other, and a powerful avowed enemy of computer users’ freedom. We act accordingly. via Is Microsoft the Great Satan? – GNU Project – Free Software…

Why I agree with RMS concerning Mono

I’ve been listening to the conversations about Mono since this summer. I was waiting for the dust to settle before I started re-reading the various comments but the dust is not settling and the protagonists of the summer name-calling-fest are still busy pointing fingers at Richard Stallman for stating his opinion. Stallman’s position is pretty…

If it’s broken, then fix it

Last month I had the luck to listen to Muhammad Yunnus speak about leadership and change. His speech was full of inspiration and hope, his work showed that radical changes can start by questioning what we take for granted.’  Mr. Yunnus reported a dialogue with the director of a bank where he went to ask…