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Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?

From: John Baker
Subject: Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 04:33:19 GMT

On Fri, 21 Oct 2005 21:54:30 -0500, "Mark K. Bilbo"
<alt-atheism@org.webmaster> wrote:

>In <>, John Baker
><> wrote:
>> On 21 Oct 2005 06:33:44 -0700, 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  merely points out that the koran is merely a historical document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.
>> My biggest bitch with open source software is simply that most of it just
>> isn't very good.
>> But I guarantee you're going to get a lot of flames from the OS crowd. <G>
>My biggest bitch with proprietary software is simply that most of it just
>isn't very good AND you have to pay for it...

There's that too.....

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