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Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters

From: Bernd Jendrissek
Subject: Re: FSF : lackeys of their corporate masters
Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 06:51:46 +0000 (UTC)
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Snuffelluffogus <> wrote:
>but I know a scam when I see one.

As do I.

>But hey, if the FSF were to deny themselves corporate money
>as a matter of principle, I'd be content with them. Unfortunately 
>they cannot, will not, and would never want to give their 
>corporate masters the cold shoulder.

Oh, so taking their money helps corporations, while not taking their
money harms them?

>You can pretend as some people do about politicians that corporate
>money doesn't affect their actions or judgements, but it is 
>sheer wishful thinking, naivete of the worst sort.

Odd that most of the FSF's funding comes from individuals (IIRC), eh?

>This isn't to say there isn't a place for monetarily free, 
>open source software in the world.

Oh, I see, you're just sore that the GPL wouldn't allow you to pirate
the work of principled people into a non-free product, which is exactly
what those principled people want to prevent, out of principle?

>But corporate lackeys shouldn't be the vanguards of any such thing.

What "such thing" - the software?  Newsflash: the FSF, and not its few
corporate sponsors, owns the copyright to GCC, glibc, and hundreds of
other GNU projects.

>Corporations are authoritarian and exploitative and have a long history
>of serious abuses.

So why don't you campaign against corporate personhood, instead of
railing against an organisation (the FSF) which does good work to
counteract those abuses (by building a free (speech) equivalent of
proprietary software)?

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