[buug] TonStanco is at it again...
rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Sep 26 16:28:42 PDT 2000
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> The only problem with Tony is the fact that he's a lot more than a
> whiner. Don't forget: he was (allegedly) working on a story for
> publication. Press having the wrong idea about what this is about is
> far worse than your average whiner being misinformed.
Better you than me, then. If you grant that it's a worthwhile task to
educate writers, you still can pick which ones to work on.
> I never claim purity. I also use Microsoft Windows.
Hmpf. Never liked it. Ditched it for good back in the early '90s.
> When closed-source software does the job, it gets used (and paid for).
I find it technically deficient on its merits, as a general rule. And
life's too short to spend time learning it.
> To be frank, Linux has fattened my wallet because it's created job
> opportunities that I probably would not have in the Windows world.
> Because of that, Linux is good.
Nothing wrong with that. One of the most important freedoms FSF has
fought for is the freedom to use software commercially.
> I don't view the open source movement as the white knight saving me
> from the evil daemons (heh) of Redmond.
<yawn> That's so 1993.
> I am aware of Pine's "free beer but not free speech" licensing. In
> many ways, I have no problem with their licensing terms, and I
> understand their approach.
Users on my system, when they type "pine", get mutt with the Pinerc
configuration file. They don't miss pine. When they type "pico", they
get nano -- and you can't even see any differences.
> While it is not completely compatible with the letter (or in some
> cases spirit) of the GPL....
The right to distribute modified versions is an essential element of
what makes software free. (It's likewise a key point of the Open Source
Definition, http://www.opensource.org/osd.html .)
Cheers, "Teach a man to make fire, and he will be warm
Rick Moen for a day. Set a man on fire, and he will be warm
rick at linuxmafia.com for the rest of his life." -- John A. Hrastar
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