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Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?

From: Mark K. Bilbo
Subject: Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 21:55:17 -0500

In <4358e904$0$142$>, 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   merely points out that the koran is merely a historical document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.

At least.

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