[SATLUG] [SATLUG[ GNULinux would not exist were it not for RMS ?
afcasta at satx.rr.com
Tue Feb 10 02:12:26 CST 2009
On Tue, 2009-02-10 at 00:31 -0600, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Todd W. Bucy wrote:
> > Ill admit that RMS has contributed a great deal to the F/OSS. but if
> > its one thing I have noted that with great talent comes great ego.
> Ego is one thing. Disdain for others who don't agree with every nuance of your
> opinion is another. RMS has a reputation of not respecting others' honest
> opinions. Perhaps he gets more attention that way to further his cause, but I
> think it detracts from his overall goals.
> -- Bruce
I got into a "discussion" with him at LISA about using a commercial
database on Linux (oops... GNU/Linux) and found him quite inflexible
about running anything on GNU/Linux that isn't FREE software. This was
years ago, before MySQL could do much as a transactional database, and
we were using PeopleSoft  on Red Hat Advanced Server  to track
satellite time usage at a small telecomms company. When I asked him
what FREE software could handle what we were doing, his answer was,
"Write it yourself."
I respect his contributions, and have enjoyed using EMACS with Gnus, but
talking down to a sysadmin who asks a reasonable question like that does
little to promote social harmony.
 before Oracle bought them
 no, not RHEL AS - it came with Netscape web server
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