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Re:Today, the FSF is just a parasite

Posted by: Ciaran O'Riordan on April 28, 2003 08:26 AM
> The FSF does not pay its developers a penny

The FSF does not have any developers. The GNU Project has many volunteers (like me). The FSF no longer has to hire developers, other more-commercial entities do that nowadays. The FSF's current contributions are mostly legal and educational.

> The FSF is a parasite of the community, claiming ownership over stuff they did not write

The FSF (and FSF-europe) has excellent legal resources and sufficient financial resources to legally defend software packages. By assigning copyright you get protection from legal threats. This means that hackers can get on with hacking which the FSF take care of the tiring legal stuff.

> Today, the FSF is a redundant organisation

Today, the FSF is as necessary as ever. There is no other body I would trust to draft the GPLv3 (no one even comes close). The essays they produce about patents & copyrights are brilliant: clear and accessible.

I think "trust" is the most important word above. The FSF won't compromise or bend at the wish of an outside investor. IBM donate over $10,000 ever year and loan the FSF servers and laptops. RMS then goes out and gives speeches about patents in which he points out IBM as the worst offender. The reason he can do this is that the FSF does whatever is required to promote software Freedom, if people want to fund them, great, if not, the work doesn't stop.

Ciaran O'Riordan

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