Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on April 29, 2003 03:12 AM
RMS is the Father of free software, by codifying what it should be, and MS is the un-Mother. They created the environment that nurtured the free-software development community, by destroying the markets for their closed-source competitors. If there was still a healthy, competitive software industry, open-source would be a marginal endeavor, kind of like MS's closed-source operating system competition.
To sum up our times in software, it's "the end justifies the means" meets "every action has an equal and opposite reaction". People write OSS because they don't want to have to bathe in a caustic solution to feel clean after they come home from work in Redmond.