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Re:Today, the FSF is just a parasite

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 26, 2003 09:35 AM
You couldn't be more wrong. The very existence of GCC, which you quote above, is directly attributable to the FSF--they wrote it. It was the FSF that provided the principal funding for, and worked with others toward, the rest of GNU working on the Linux kernel, thus producing GNU/Linux.

The FSF does not "own" any software. Nobody "owns" GPL'd software, not even Linus; that's the point of the GPL, as the FSF itself will tell you. Furthermore, they did not start "open source" development, nor even the concept of "Free Software". That was done decades ago, as RMS himself details on the GNU web site. What Stallman, and later the FSF (founded by him), did was codify it formally. Then, the FSF went to work on the (at the time thought) impossible--the creation of a wholly Free operating system. They achieved this goal with GNU--in two variants, no less--GNU/Linux and GNU/HURD.


Were it not for the FSF, the "Linux operating system" would not exist, because GNU would not exist. I thank them every day I use a computer, and mine happen to be running GNU/Linux and OpenBSD, both at work and at home.

And as for "moral rights" that you mention above, the FSF is, IMO, among the most "moral" and certainly "ethical" organizations on this Earth. The FSF fights for *your* rights, and you may well not even be American. You would do well to join them and help them write some code, thus benefiting all of us. If you don't know how or don't have time to learn how, there are other ways you can contribute. Write some docs. Purchase and use Free Software (it's not expensive). Promote Free Software when you have an opportunity.


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