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Re: More FSF hypocrisy

From: Alexander Terekhov
Subject: Re: More FSF hypocrisy
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:58:11 +0100

Hyman Rosen wrote:
> crank Daniel Wallace discovered:
>      <>

Thanks to Daniel Wallace, the 7th Circuit of the United States now
operates under the following law:

1.) [FOSS contributors can't charge] "Thus the GPL propagates from 
user to user and revision to revision: neither the original author, 
nor any creator of a revised or improved version, may charge for the 
software or allow any successor to charge. ... Linux and other 
open-source projects have been able to cover their fixed costs 
through donations of time"


2.) [FOSS is junk] "People willingly pay for quality software even
when they can get free (but imperfect) substitutes. Open Office is 
a free, open-source suite of word processor, spreadsheet and 
presentation software, but the proprietary Microsoft Office has 
many more users. Gimp is a free, open-source image editor, but the 
proprietary Adobe Photoshop enjoys the lion's share of the market."


3.) [FOSS is doomed] "The number of proprietary operating systems 
is growing, not shrinking, so competition in this market continues 
quite apart from the fact that the GPL ensures the future 
availability of Linux and other Unix offshoots."

EASTERBROOK, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for 7th Circuit.

Ha! "The number of proprietary operating systems is growing..." 

Judge Easterbrook sure got that one right. By simply querying any 
software outlet for their vast selection of proprietary operating 
systems aside from Linux (to wit: Windows and OS X) we know 
competition is flourishing. No need to ever contemplate antitrust 
charges against Microsoft again! 

I wonder where Judge Easterbrook shops for his software... 

FOSS advocates danced in the street with the Wallace v. IBM et al 
ruling... utterly oblivious to the fact that it was the best 
antitrust news that Microsoft had heard in years. Thanks in part 
to Easterbrook's ruling, Microsoft can now threaten FOSS without 
worrying about the DOJ. 

Sleep easy Steve and Bill there IS a tooth fairy. :-) 

[end quoting Wallace] 


(GNG is a derecursive recursive derecursion which pwns GNU since it can
be infinitely looped as GNGNGNGNG...NGNGNG... and can be said backwards
too, whereas GNU cannot.)

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