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Re: [!NEWS] The GNUtards Must Be Crazy

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: [!NEWS] The GNUtards Must Be Crazy
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 23:39:49 +0000 (UTC)
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In gnu.misc.discuss Rjack <> wrote:
> Hyman Rosen wrote:
>> Doctor Smith wrote:
>>> Others use the programs for financial gain and contribute 
>>> little
>> All users who get a copy of a Linux distribution have the right 
>> to run, read, modify, and share the code that they receive, and 
>> thus the GPL has fulfilled its purpose.

> The purpose of the GPL is to (illegally) thrust socialism upon a
> democratic majority who desire a capitalist system.

I'd get an anti-rabies shot, if I were you.

If what you wrote is true, then it is surprising that companies like IBM,
RedHat, Novell, all capitalist to the core, are so keen on GPL-licensed
software.  A bit strange that there're raving libertarians (about as far
from socialists as you can get) who're so keen "to thrust socialism upon
a democratic majority".

Actually, if you're talking about the USA, forget about democracy.  What
you've got there is plutocracy, rule by the rich.  What makes you think
that "a democratic majority" positively wants this system?

> The purpose of the GPL is to destroy proprietary software. See
> Richard Stallman's speech at the 4th international GPLv3 conference
> where he states, "I hope to see all proprietary software wiped out.
> That?s what I aim for. That would be a World in which our freedom is
> respected."

Use your intlligence, if you've got one.  RMS saying he wants to see
proprietary software wiped out is like you saying you want Miss M.
Monroe on a blanket - it's a motivating fantasy, which everyone knows
will remain fantasy, but useful none the less.

The purpose of the GPL is propagate free software.  It has been very
successful at doing that.

> Sincerely,
> Rjack :)

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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