[discuss] Reuters: Novell could be banned from selling Linux:
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Mon Feb 12 16:50:27 EST 2007
On Monday 12 February 2007 4:40 pm, Don Kelly wrote:
> This may fall into "semantic games", but "open source is free software
> without ethics" does not have to mean that "open source is unethical".
> It merely means "open source is free software that does not derive
> from a particular ethic". I truly fail to see the link from this to
> "open source advocates are unethical".
Yes, I think you are playing with words. If RMS didn't mean to incite those
who didn't follow his particular ethics, he would clearly state so. "Without
ethics" I am sure was carefully chosen for maximum effect. "without my
ethics" would have been much clearer but still able to ruffle
feathers. "with different ethics" would be a statement which is both true
Don't mince words; "without ethics" means exactly that: unethical.
> I'll admit, RMS is blunt and odd; often to a fault. I can see how the
> quote you give can be parsed without taking offensive. I can also
> understand how one could parse that statement and feel maligned. I
> don't think this is intentional on the part of RMS.
I feel the opposite; RMS needs the soundbite, and he needs the attention. I
believe it was very intentional. He's someone who has the capability to edit
himself and who has put himself in the position of a spokesman; it's due to
that, and the continued use (according to Evan) of that particular phrase
that cause me to believe that the words were chosen carefully.
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