Weblog:   The Growing Politicization of Open Source
Subject:   Meet the new boss, same as the old boss
Date:   2002-08-17 11:51:43
From:   brettglass
Richard Stallman, along with Bruce Perens and others of their ilk, are not really interested in giving us "freedom," despite their deceptive and virtually constant use of the word. They want, just as much as Microsoft and other monopolists, to deprive us of choice. What's more, they use the same tactics: predatory pricing (Who can compete with something that's given away for free, and -- moreover -- has no transaction costs?) and attempts to outlaw the competition.

The public should not stand for this. It's time to sue to have the GPL -- the mechanism through which the Stallmanistas seek to accomplish their ends -- ruled to be invalid and every bit as unconscionable as Microsoft's predatory practices. If either the FSF or Microsoft wins, users and innovative small businesses will be hurt and deprived of opportunities and choice.