Watch out for That Meteor, Stallman

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Nik Coughlin, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. Nik Coughlin

    Nik Coughlin Guest

    "Richard M. Stallman (RMS) the founder of the Free Software Foundation, has
    labeled prominent Open Source software developer Miguel De Icaza a "Traitor"
    for his creation of the Microsoft .NET-compatible Mono software development
    framework. While RMS's hatred of all things proprietary has fueled the FSF's
    and GNU's mission to create Free software alternatives for what seems like
    eons, the overwhelming desire for interoperability between open and
    proprietary systems makes his narrow-minded Cretaceous world view ripe for
    Nik Coughlin, Sep 24, 2009
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    Carnations Guest

    The way you interoperate between open and proprietary systems is to use open *protocols*.

    There is no point in creating an "open" application if it uses proprietary protocols.
    Carnations, Sep 24, 2009
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    impossible Guest

    If you want your customers to interoperate with existing proprietary
    software, that's exactly what you do.
    impossible, Sep 25, 2009
  4. But then again, once a protocol is implemented in a piece of Free Software,
    which is freely usable, copyable, modifiable and distributable, can you
    still accuse that protocol of being "proprietary"?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 25, 2009
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  6. Nik Coughlin

    Carnations Guest

    Yes, if you have to license the use of it!!
    Carnations, Sep 25, 2009
  7. Which part of "freely usable, copyable, modifiable and distributable" did
    you miss?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 25, 2009
  8. Nik Coughlin

    Carnations Guest

    What part of "proprietary" did you mess?
    Carnations, Sep 25, 2009
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    victor Guest

    Patented by Microsoft ?
    victor, Sep 25, 2009
  10. Where?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 25, 2009
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    Gordon Guest

    Mess, is about food.
    Gordon, Sep 26, 2009
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