Richard Stallman | GNU/LAS | s20e10

Richard Stallman | GNU/LAS | s20e10

Richard Stallman joins us to celebrate our 200th episode, and we ask him about his hard stance on proprietary software and the unethical people who make a living from it.

Plus: His thoughts on everything from App stores to the Raspberry Pi.

And so much more!

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366 Responses to “Richard Stallman | GNU/LAS | s20e10”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    The thing is, it’s simply not okay to provide anyone a piece of software they don’t have the right to study, modify and share. Whether that means taking a second job for the time being, perhaps not having made the software, it is still not okay to rob any person or thing of these essential freedoms.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    He didn’t attacked you. Where do you get that from?

    I think you’ve insulted his intelligence by using your child as an argument, I think that’s so lame and had nothing to do with the topic. He gave you an answer about your problem: make custom software.

    What I get from this interview is that you only care about making money, sorry, I’m not saying this is wrong, but you can’t say Stallman doesn’t have deep toughts. Is there a more simplistic tought than saying “I have to do this because I have to feed my child”?

  3. Realsifocopypaste Says:

    hello people please watch this you will know that stallman was right :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw8K460vx1c

  4. Anon Says:

    > But they could also be richer in things other than money, with an enhanced society.

    I just wanted to say this was phrased very beautifully.

  5. Angry Says:

    Wow these two are complete idiots.

  6. Lev Says:

    My thoughts on the issue.

    http://www.thethoughtsbubble.com/2012/05/practical-implications-of-free-software.html

    – Lev 

  7. Craig Says:

    You are a freedom hater. The freedom in question being that of other people.

    You seem to think it’s fine to benefit from the decades of effort that have gone into GNU/Linux while writing proprietary badware for other people.

    The reason you just broke down and had a little hissy fit in the end was because there was nothing logical or accurate you could say to disprove him.

    It was obvious that you were trying to “agree to disagree” but Stallman just doesn’t roll like that. Ambiguity and phony rhetoric is for politicians.

    Some people don’t like Stallman because he doesn’t succumb to moronic social norms like “agreeing to disagree” or wrapping up a disagreement in agreeable ambiguity. Notice that he adamantly points out every time you use ambiguous language throughout the debate.

    In short – he exposed your phony double standards and you didn’t have a leg to stand on.

  8. Craig Says:

    You are a freedom hater. The freedom in question being that of other people.

    You seem to think it’s fine to benefit from the decades of effort that have gone into GNU/Linux while writing proprietary badware for other people.

    The reason you just broke down and had a little hissy fit in the end was because there was nothing logical or accurate you could say to disprove him.

    It was obvious that you were trying to “agree to disagree” but Stallman just doesn’t roll like that. Ambiguity and phony rhetoric is for politicians.

    Some people don’t like Stallman because he doesn’t succumb to moronic social norms like “agreeing to disagree” or wrapping up a disagreement in agreeable ambiguity. Notice that he adamantly points out every time you use ambiguous language throughout the debate.

    In short – he exposed your phony double standards and you didn’t have a leg to stand on.

  9. Craig Says:

    Nope. Stallman is far closer to Gandhi than to Pol Pot. Her fights for YOUR freedom and has the truth on his side.

    The reason he comes off as caustic is because he cuts through any phony, ambiguous bullsh1t that people normally use to justify their own position. He has a talent for it.

    People get angry because he doesn’t just back down or adhere to the social norms that allow people to live in ignorance. They get angry precisely because they know he’s right. And no one ever has any decent or logical counter-argument because generally one doesn’t exist.

    Just look how this Bryan guy lined him up for a “controversial” question like “if I have to choose between making proprietary software and not feeding my daughter, are you saying I should let her starve?!” – or something to that effect. Pure phony rhetoric. The number of logical fallacies in just that statement alone are appeal to emotion, false dilemma, false cause just to name a few.

  10. Craig Says:

    Gandhi’s chances didn’t look so good in the early days too but he had the truth on his side.

    One interesting thing about Stallman is that he objects to and corrects divisive rhetoric and employs very little of his own. He doesn’t need it, nor did Gandhi.

  11. Craig Says:

    You asked the universe to provide you with a purpose. It provided you nothing.

    This is yet another logical fallacy — that if someone can’t present you with a perfect solution on a golden platter, their points must be invalid.

    Stallman doesn’t owe you solution.

  12. Craig Says:

    Because it was abundantly obvious that they just stating the same half-hearted justifications over and over. Stallman took it upon himself to school them. It’s fine to take the lead in a conversation when faced with such obvious followers.

  13. Craig Says:

    He’s has said similar things before. He was right back then too:

    http://article.gmane.org/gmane.emacs.devel/36460

    Appeal to emotion is an incredibly effective and well accepted rhetorical devise. Mainly due to people’s primitive lizard brain. Stallman ain’t buying it. Neither should you.

    “WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE KIDS!?!”

  14. Craig Says:

    +1.

    Bryan has also descended low enough to compare Stallman with Pol Pot and Hitler.  Well, Bryan, many Nazis were “just trying to feed their kids” too.

    This Bryan guy truly does seem like a man desperate to justify himself and smear Stallman for having the AUDACITY to discuss his beliefs.

  15. Craig Says:

    The military industrial complex makes *very* good money too.

    I wonder how many mouths the military industrial complex is feeding (in full, wasteful American luxury) while they shoot bullets and artillery through foreign kids’ mouths around the world.

  16. FedericoSilvaUY Says:

    I agree completely.

    I need a solution
    Stalman doesn’t have the solution
    ————————————————
    Stalman is hitler

    Terrible

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