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Author Topic: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions  (Read 3558 times)

zridling

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Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« on: July 30, 2010, 06:34:54 AM »
In a fascinating interview with this odd and sometimes lovable man, he admits:
  • His biggest failing is how so many people confuse free software with open source software.
  • Doesn't care for Hollywood movies.
  • Recommends you buy the best books using cash, in a store.

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Do you have any pets?
RMS: No. I spend most of my time traveling, so I could not have any pets.
If it were possible, I would like to have a friendly parrot.

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If you could have one proprietary package/software released as Free
Software, which would it be and why?

RMS: Of the programs I know of, I think freeing Autocad would give the
biggest boost to the free software community.

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We should use democracy to organize and together impose limits on what
 the rich can do to the rest of us. That's what democracy was invented for!

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Why hasn't GNU or the FSF tried to make a market ("app store") for Free Software?
RMS: Would it even be possible? There is no platform that directs users to
get their free software from our app store. We don't make such
platforms. In general, each GNU/Linux distro has its own package
system and repositories. Each has its own developers' group which
maintains them.... I won't claim it is impossible to have a corporate controlled app
store for a system which is free software. I don't see how, but if
someone manages to do this, more power to her.

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The main shortcoming of Linux is at the level of device support. The
obstacle there isn't a lack of ability among Linux developers, but
rather the use of devices whose specs are secret.

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When a company says, "Don't inspect our plant, just trust us to
maintain safety standards," we need to respond, "You're probably
trying to cheat, so we will inspect you on a random day each year and
charge you what it costs."

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It is ok to use a nonfree program for the purpose of developing its free replacement.
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What is vim doing better than emacs?
RMS: Sorry, I have never tried using vim. I never felt I deserved such a large penitence ;-).

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 07:04:44 AM »
What is vim doing better than emacs?
RMS: Sorry, I have never tried using vim. I never felt I deserved such a large penitence ;-).

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2010, 08:20:37 PM »
Bah, Emacs. (So this interview is not a fake?)

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2010, 03:18:29 PM »
I do not know who said this:
"Emacs is a good Operating System, the only thing it needs is a good editor".
Or something similar :)

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010, 04:37:08 PM »
Mr Stallman is a very good speaker. I heard him live a few years ago at a conference in Berlin, Germany. Also he has a sense of humor and irony: at the end he put on an ancient hard disk as sort of a heiligenschein and blessed us; we all had a good laugh afterwards.

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2010, 10:53:06 PM »
[...]humor and irony: at the end he put on an ancient hard disk as sort of a heiligenschein and blessed us[...]

Einer Heiligenschein ist (auf Englisch): "halo" oder "nimbus" ....

That is to say, a "heiligenschein" is a "halo" or "nimbus" ...

O:-)

(I don't use German frequently enough to feel comfortable publicly writing sentences sometimes--like now. )

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2010, 12:43:42 AM »
It is "ein Heiligenschein" :D

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2010, 03:01:13 PM »
Well since I saw the term on both sides on my favorite online dictionary, I assumed it was a known term. Well, our readers will know now :D

It sounded convincing for myself, since other terms have been injected into the English language: alpenglow, kindergarten, rucksack, uber, muesli, iceberg...

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Re: Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2010, 03:06:25 PM »
"Muesli", anyway, is a Swiss word, not really German.  :D