[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?

From: wbarwell
Subject: Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 09:10:00 -0500
User-agent: KNode/0.8.0

Joe Flannigan wrote:

> wrote:
>> Some similarities:
>> 1. decentralized : there is no one Pope for either,
>>   although there are certainly Ayatollah wannabes in OSS
>>   like RMS.
>> 2. imperialistic : just as muslim armies once attacked country
>>   after country, and today there is a "reverse crusade" & jihad
>>   happening, OSS is entering almost every area of software use
>>   and many OSS partisans are going to an extra effort to
>>   impose free software on their organizations, families, etc.
>> 3. no dissent allowed : just as muslims feel compelled
>>   to attack anyone who speaks blasphemy, such as Salman Rushdie
>>   who merely points out that the koran is merely a historical
>>   document (therefore he must be killed), so alas OSS
>>   supporters become very angry when any dissenter speaks
>>   their mind.
>> 4. destructive : OSS radicals want to get rid of even
>>   the copyright, and the GPL is written to strip software writers
>>   of their rights over their work (read it...); similarly
>>   muslim radicals want to rid the world of non-muslim people
>>   and impose taxes and prison time or worse on non-muslims.
>> And surely there are more similarities.
>> This isn't to say that free software is all wrong,
>> but it is better to know and think about the movement
>> and whether it is going in the right direction
>> than to let it become evil, like islam. The copyright
>> for instance is so basic, to remove it would be so radical
>> as to be insane.
> You're an idiot.

A penguin scared his mother.

The official spokesman of the Foxes said
today that investigation into what happened
to the henhouse may be needed.

Cheerful Charlie

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]