Open source -- non computer topics

From: James B. DiGriz <>
Date: Sat Apr 27 12:38:09 2002

Doc wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Apr 2002, Sellam Ismail wrote:
>>On Wed, 24 Apr 2002, Doc wrote:
>>> Richard M. Stallman not only didn't invent open software, he didn't
>>>coin the term. He DID provide a very critically imporatant rallying
>>>point and a charismatic front for the computing/coding community.
>>Charismatic? Ok, maybe in his early years, but I don't call picking at
>>your toenails and eating the harvest during an interview very
> Eeewww!
> And yes, I meant in the late '80s...
> If I do something vitally productive and significant, and then become
> senile and/or insane, I hope that the world doesn't _keep_ treating my
> pronouncements as vitally significant. I'm not implying that RMS is
> either senile or insane, but I think it's an accurate analogy.
> Doc

Well, Doc, if you even *look* like you're going to do something vitally
productive and significant, or use your established reputation, in a
manner that in any way inconveniences anyone as a result of their own
arrogance, unearned privilege, cupidity, or megalomania, even if they
have to project that inconvenience in there, you might just want to keep
it to yourself, if that's an option.

I offer R.D. Laing, Oppenheimer, and Hemingway, as obvious examples.
Plenty more where they came from.

Received on Sat Apr 27 2002 - 12:38:09 BST

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