The slashdot community has become one of the most insufferable communities on the internet. Rob Malda dumped ya'll, and now this dated website is changing hands at breakneck speed as the new owners realize their user base consists of a bunch of idiot neckbeards who are incapable of contributing anything of value. You're all disillusioned by the vapid self-affirmation that dominates any discussion. You all need to seriously consider the possibility that you're a bunch of fucking idiots.
Have you actually ever read anything about te FSF and its goals. The FSF explicitely states that Free Softwre is a social movement for the greater good. I'm pretty sure that spying on users and disrespecting their privacy is not for the greater good, even if they never explicitely state it.
The FSF can define free software however they want. They have no jurisdiction in forcing *their* definition onto others. They're a bunch of ideologues whose relevance is approaching zero.
The only review that matters in the end is what the market thinks. The market doesn't seem to be buying. Saying "the professional reviewers liked it!" is loser talk.
You act like people gravitate toward superior products, as opposed to the product with superior marketing. Microsoft is still fighting the deeply ingrained stigma that their products just aren't cool. People are more interested in fitting in than they are making objective decisions regarding the quality of the thing they will be consuming.
When passing this question on to Mr. Stallman, try replacing "open source" with "free software".
And this is why RMS is no longer relevant -- his masturbatory pedantry. The only thing I'd ask RMS is to take his meds, he's clearly mentally ill and his paranoid ramblings do not deserve the platform they're given.
So without drugs some people cannot program since they are not able to 'see' a way to solve the problem.
I'm not sure how you've come to this conclusion, because I surely didn't imply that.
and no one except Microsoft is allowed to write desktop applications at all.
Windows RT devices don't have a desktop. If you're claiming that only Microsoft can write desktop apps on Windows 8 (x86), that would be patently false.
So a man is languishing in solitary confinement for years
they'll be sending him back to jail because he enabled people to download music and movies
No, he made millions of dollars allowing other people to download music/movies/games/software that other people made and own the rights to. Oh, he was a brazen prick while he did it, too. Karma is a bitch.
Does that seem right to you?
If he gets a fair trial, yes.
Blue screens? Seriously? WTF are you running, some 7 year old plus XP installs?
This is fucking slashdot. You simply imply that Microsoft still writes unstable software, it doesn't actually have to be true.
I've never met a group of people so boastful with their ignorance. No wonder Rob Malda jumped ship, I'd be ashamed too.