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When Stallman is Attacked 562

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the problem-with-zealots dept.
writes "Linux Tech Daily has an editorial slamming a recent Forbes.com attack piece on Richard Stallman and GPLv3. Loved or hated, do you agree with the author that the piece is FUD and completely unprofessional? Love him or hate him, is this unfair treatment of rms? Does he leave himself open to these kinds of attacks with his behavior?" The problem with the editorial of course is that many of the points made in the original Forbes piece are completely valid and true. So basically you get to choose between the linux zealot, and a writer who is obviously fairly hostile towards Stallman's ideas.
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  • Sidekick (Score:3, Funny)

    by Jeremiah Cornelius (137) on Thursday October 26, 2006 @01:13PM (#16596104) Homepage Journal
    Does he get a cape, and ride in the sidecar of the GNUcycle?
  • by numbsafari (139135) <swilson@b[ ]us.org ['sd4' in gap]> on Thursday October 26, 2006 @01:15PM (#16596170)
    Actually, he's been HURDing it for YEARS!

    Haha... hoohooo.... woah... sorry... bad joke...
  • by Enoch Lockwood (889602) on Thursday October 26, 2006 @01:22PM (#16596324)
    Trollaxor: Hey, RMS, what the fuck is up? I'm glad I got the opportunity to perform this interview with you. [coughs]

    RMS: Hello, Mr. Trollaxor. I'm glad I got the opportunity to speak to another individual, interested in Free Software, that will eventually reach millions with the message I wish to express in this interview.

    Trollaxor: Yeah, whatever. Let's get this over with. Firstly, let's talk about the origins of GNU. We all know it's Not UNIX. But where, exactly, did it come from? What was your prime inspiration for such a fine, grand, practical idea?

    RMS: I'm glad you asked that.

    Trollaxor: I'm not.

    RMS: Ah [laughs]. You have a unique sense of humor, comrade Trollaxor!

    Trollaxor: I know. And don't call me comrade. Or your friend, ally, brother, homey... I don't even like you. Now answer the question.

    RMS: Ah, [laughs] yes. GNU. Well, after reading the works of Marx and Lenin, and having attended MIT and created several programs (GCC among them, of course) to which the source code was freely (as in speech, and beer) available, I began to see a certain communal effort begin to take shape among the software developers in the labs where I worked. However, the administration at MIT improperly thought that, since my works were created at MIT, they, and their source, belonged to MIT. This was in conflict with my embryonic philosphy--

    Trollaxor: Hey, could you just cut your ideological bullshit and get to the part where you were taking a dump and farted out the GNU/Free Software concept as we know it today?

    RMS: Ah, I don't think I know what you're referring to, Mr. Trollaxor. And I certainly don't remember any toilet episodes being involved with the creation of GNU or Free Software.

    Trollaxor: Oh really? It's hard for me to imagine a toilet not having been involved in the creation of Free Software. No, I'm talking about how one day you were sitting in a stall at MIT's grand restroom facilities, peeped thru the glory hole bored in the stall wall to look for customers, and saw a man's ass tatooed with a bull or yak or something?

    RMS: WHAT!?

    Trollaxor: Okay, okay, okay. Let's move on. How about your musical talents? From graphics posted at your homepage, it looks like you're fairly proficient on the flute. How's you obtain that talent?

    RMS: That's rather simple: just a lot of practice and determination. The instruments you've seen me playing on my website are plan-pipes, actually, and not flutes. I began taking lessons from my father while him and I were still talking. I can play the flute, however, and--

    Trollaxor: Skin-flute.

    RMS: Excuse me?

    Trollaxor: You heard me. Skin-flute. You play the skin-flute. That's why you're so good on those porn-pipes or whatever the Hell you called them. You are a skin-flute virtuoso and can play them like nobody's business. "Master skin-flutist RMS." Skin-flute.

    RMS: Ah, I think this interview's getting a little off-track from its focus of Free Software and the GNU philosphy.

    Trollaxor: Of course it is. And why the fuck do you begin every sentence with "ah?" Anyway, I'll indulge you. New question. What's all this I hear about you dropping acid like there's not tomorrow?

    RMS: Hey, look, I'm willing to spend my time discussing and even debating about the GNU concept and Free Software. I'm a very busy man--

    Trollaxor: No you're not.

    RMS: I'm a very busy man and I simply cannot tolerate spending my valuable time digressing onto useless topics, much less helping you slander my good name--

    Trollaxor: Shut up.

    RMS: I believe we're talking at cross-purposes here and I wish to terminate this interview now.

    Trollaxor: I believe your style is cross-dressing and I wish to inform you've been trolled. Do you know what a DGH is?

    RMS: What? Excuse me? I said I wanted to stop this interview now!

    Trollaxor: A DGH is a Dirty GNU Hippie. You're a DGH. You're a pinko Commy too. Learn to bath, shave, and wipe your ass properly, and we in the Ministry of Love will welcome you with open arms. Good day, Corporal Crapola of the GNU Commando!
  • by Dystopian Rebel (714995) * on Thursday October 26, 2006 @01:24PM (#16596348) Journal
    I know this is Slashdot, but do we really need a thread engaging in metadebate about an article?


    I'd like to metadebate your comment, Digg style:

    lmao omg lol you r such a L3w53r !!!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 26, 2006 @01:37PM (#16596592)
    He also eats babies, kicks puppies, molests toddlers, and spies for the Russians.
  • by TheGreek (2403) on Thursday October 26, 2006 @01:43PM (#16596704)
    I always thought of him as the sole founder of GNU and the FSF. Assuming I was wrong and this article has got it right, does anyone know who the other co-founders were?
    The family of sparrows nesting in his beard.
  • by A_Non_Moose (413034) on Thursday October 26, 2006 @01:45PM (#16596762) Homepage Journal
    When Stallman's ATTACK!

    Bad boy, bad boy, whatchoo gonna do when they come for GNU?

    (cups hand to ear and hears a Gomer Pyle voice "You're gonna burn in hell for that one!")
  • by mr_death (106532) on Thursday October 26, 2006 @02:05PM (#16597182)
    Chicks also dig people who take showers on a regular basis ...
  • by dgatwood (11270) on Thursday October 26, 2006 @02:06PM (#16597198) Homepage Journal

    Dude... that's what the emergency showers in the chem lab are for. Don't you know anything?

    :-D

  • by TheRaven64 (641858) on Thursday October 26, 2006 @02:54PM (#16598124) Journal
    I disagree. EMACS is a really nice operating system, in the style of the old Lisp Machines. Once it gets a Vim port, I'm switching.

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