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Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?

From: MaskedSlacker
Subject: Re: Free software movement similar to Islam?
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 17:51:20 -0700
User-agent: Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.7 (X11/20050923) 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  who merely points out that the koran is merely a historical
  document (therefore he must be killed), so alas OSS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.

Maybe we diverge into split personalities when we do this too, since I don't ever remember doing that.

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.

That doesn't make anysense. Using the GPL on your work is entirely voluntary. Therefore you cannot say it strips rights away from a person using it. And as for the provision that derivative works must also be GPL, well no shit. What do you think MS would do if you made a derivative work of one of their products? Let you publish in whatever way you please? I think not.

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.

Islam isn't evil you bigoted fuck.

People twisting religion to their own ends are evil.

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