Re: Bertrand Meyer challenges some open-source assumptions.
On Tue, May 30, 2000 at 11:52:48AM +0200, Stephane Bortzmeyer wrote:
> > Eric Raymond comes under fire for being a known gun owner and
> > activist.
> As I already said here, I agree with Meyer on this issue, and you should
> be aware that it is a very common argument in France against free
> software ("Free software proponents are also gun lunatics because they
> want freedom, every freedom, freedom to steal software and to kill
> people. See Raymond for an example.")
Does that make everyone who's ever fired a handgun or owns a handgun or
practiced firing one at a range a "lunatic"?
> But I see this as a problem with Raymond only while Meyer extends the
> criticism to every free software zealot, even demanding that we
> explicitely distance from Raymond, as if we were responsible of every
> crazy gunner who appears to promote free software.
I personally see no reason to distance myself from Eric Raymond because he
is a gun activist. What do handguns have to do with software? That's the
point. If people can't make that distinction, the problem is theirs, not
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