Posted by: Anonymous
on February 03, 2008 09:57 AM
Somewhat harsh. The FSF and supported don't forget that code exists to serve it's users - that's the entire basis for their philosophy, that access to the code is a fundamental part of serving the users of the software. That's why the GPL requires only that code be provided to the (possibly paying) users - if they were as extreme as you suggest, surely they'd be demanding that all code be made available to all, effectively made public-domain?
Now, I do think they're overly idealistic about it - I write commercial software for a living, so I can hardly be too zealous about the matter. But if you're going to argue against their position, try not to mis-represent it in the process...