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RMS is a traitor to the Free Software community
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Yesterday I read about a comment from RMS at Software Freedom Day in Boston. He referred to Miguel
de Icaza as "basically a traitor to the Free Software community".
Sorry, but this is too much, even for him.

RMS was a driving force early on and is responsible in large part for
the open source movement. Since then, I believe he's done far more to
harm the community than he's done to help it. From silliness like the
famegrab that is the term GNU/Linux, to the attempts to fight
Tivoization of Linux with the GPLv3 (notice that the Linux kernel is
still GPLv2? This isn't an accident.), he's shown himself to be out
of touch with the needs and desires of the community as a whole.

At a time when open source is bigger than ever and becoming more and
more important in the commercial space, the last thing we need is a
'leader' who actively fights against anything that doesn't fit his
exact model of freedom. At some point, you have to take a step back
and realize that blind idealism does nothing but stop forward
movement.

Miguel: Keep up the great work. From Gnome to Mono, you've shown an
active interest in improving the Free Software desktop and haven't
hesitated to make change where you thought it was necessary.
RMS: Start thinking objectively about the effect your words have on
the community. I respect you for sticking to your guns, but your
position requires you to see the big picture too.

- Cody Brocious (Daeken)

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