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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: arch and linux 2.7

From: Stephen J. Turnbull
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: arch and linux 2.7
Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2003 19:29:22 +0900
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>>>>> "Tom" == Tom Lord <address@hidden> writes:

    > From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden>

    > Ie, that people have a lot of hostility toward BK and Larry
    > McVoy.

            The spirit of the Bitkeeper license is the spirit of the
            whip hand. It is the spirit that says, "You have no right
            to use Bitkeeper, only temporary privileges that we can
            revoke. Be grateful that we allow you to use Bitkeeper. Be
            grateful, and don't do anything we dislike, or we may
            revoke those privileges." It is the spirit of proprietary
            software. Every non-free license is designed to control
            the users more or less. Outrage at this spirit is the
            reason for the free software movement. (By contrast, the
            open source movement prefers to play down this same

      --Richard M. Stallman

    Tom> Reasonably,

Anyone who deliberately equates intellectual property with slavery has
abandoned reason and embraced demagogery.  A slave cannot say "no" to
his owner, no, not even at the cost of substantial inconvenience in
contributing to Linux.  He says "no" to his owner at his life's peril.

Do you really not understand the difference between _that_ and a
_software license_?

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