Freedom and Greed

Stuart Jansen sjansen at
Tue Jan 22 10:29:52 MST 2008

On Tue, 2008-01-22 at 10:15 -0700, Levi Pearson wrote:
> Free software advocates really do seem to have a tremendous sense of
> entitlement!

Whoa, careful there, not all of us do.

There's a big difference between "I wish everyone would release their
code before discontinuing a product" and "Everyone should be forced to
release their code to make me happy".

Yes, there is a strong under current of greedy entitlement that some
Free Software advocates get sucked into. But there's just as much greed
and wrongful sense of entitlement in the proprietary world. One could
even argue that the unreasonable position of the first is a direct
result of the unreasonable position of the second. But that's simply all
the more reason to listen and think things through carefully.

Von might have said it is selfish to hoard code in the hope of
re-releasing products like movies, but he didn't say anything about
forcing a change.

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