Saturday, May 17, 2008

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What would a Linux haters' blog be without an occasional shout-out to Mr. RMS himself? He recently wrote about "rescuing" the OLPC project just so that he can remind us that he's a maniac. Maniac! And not just on the dance floor.

Before I unleash his full lunatic flavor, let me point out that the man is still using an IBM T23. That's right. 23. Apparently it's a screamer, in 2001.

Anyhow, that's not the best part. He goes on to suggest (emphasis added):

Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless. Its functioning is secret, so it is incompatible with the spirit of learning. Teaching children to use a proprietary (non-free) system such as Windows does not make the world a better place, because it puts them under the power of the system's developer -- perhaps permanently. You might as well introduce the children to an addictive drug. If the XO turns out to be a platform for spreading the use of proprietary software, its overall effect on the world will be negative.


According to the S-man, the rest of the world (aka Windows users) are no better than a swarm of crack heads, wandering the corners looking for our next re-up. The good stuff provided, of course, by the biggest drug cartel in the world -- Microsoft -- with Billy-G as the biggest king-pin of them all. Maybe we need to convince McNolty and crew to pull some kind of scam so that we can get a wire up on the Microsoft campus. I mean, with all the shit they're pulling, they must have a ton of bodies in a ton of vacants somewhere right? I mean there's a reason Marlo Stanfield's initials are MS right?

Once again, it's obvious that there's only one crackhead in the room. You could have probably figured it out from just appearances alone. I'm sure this man's idea of improving the OLPC would be to give it to poor kids with the great emacs as the main UI. And I'm sure the kids would then spend two hours figuring out C-x C-c, then proceed to use it as a soccer ball. A soccer ball with an open BIOS. Perhaps one of them will be sufficiently motivated to code up a soccer-mode, which will make the device make cool whooshing sounds as it zooms through the air. But most of the kids will just wonder why the first world decided to donate them such awkwardly shaped soccer balls.

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Anonymous said...

Fuck you.

The IBM T23 is a legend.

Your just some dumb little fuck after attention. You don't hate Linux, you just want all the controversy.

Get a life, and fuck off.

Anonymous said...

> According to the S-man, the rest of the world (aka Windows users) are no better than a swarm of crack heads, wandering the corners looking for our next re-up. The good stuff provided, of course, by the biggest drug cartel in the world -- Microsoft -- with Billy-G as the biggest king-pin of them all.

This is actually what he does believe. He believes that all proprietary software are just as evil as the illegal drug cartel. He also believes that users are harming themselves whenever they accept proprietary software.

Also, solid hardware is solid hardware. There is no need to change to something else if it works fine and is stable.

Anonymous said...

Well RSM may be using an IBM T23 still but that doesn't mean he is not a technology bleeding edge man!

For example look at his solution for browsing the web safely http://lwn.net/Articles/262570/

AWESOME!

That is what I call pushing the limits!

(What a paranoid man for God sake!)

Anonymous said...

How fucked up can you be to talk shit about a genius like RMS.

Go kiss Bill Gates' and Steve Jobs' asses!

Bill Gates is a moron hear me out because this is true, he has all the money in the world and yet he works like me and you.

And if you are a Jobs follower you probably saw that picture of his completely empty house, when he was already a millionaire... so I don't see the point of bashing an IBM T23 (and RMS uses an OLPC, STFW before posting shit!)

Matt Rose said...

This is the best response.
here

He's in full rant mode about OLPC, and at one point, he says this:


Keeping that in mind, Richard Stallman's missive on the subject just riled me up:

Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless. Its functioning is secret, so it is incompatible with the spirit of learning. Teaching children to use a proprietary (non-free) system such as Windows does not make the world a better place, because it puts them under the power of the system's developer — perhaps permanently. You might as well introduce the children to an addictive drug.

Oh, for fuck's sake. You really just employed a simile comparing a proprietary OS to addictive drugs? You know, ones causing actual bodily harm and possibly death? Really, Stallman? Really?

If proprietary software is half as good as free software at aiding children's learning, you're damn right it makes the world a better place to get the software out to children. Hell, if it doesn't actively inhibit learning, it makes the world a better place. The problem is that Stallman doesn't appear to actually give an acrobatic shit about learning, and sees OLPC as a vehicle for furthering his political agenda. It's shameful, the lot of it.


Why RMS is a Jackass

zero said...

Man don't bag the T23, I'm typing this on a "screamer"-in-2008 T61p and I still miss the T23. That was last great Thinkpad. Everything afterwards is pure bendy plastic crap.

Travis said...

By putting windows on the OLPC, it loses the ability to mesh network.

So if a kid, say, in a village in the middle of fucking no where, wanted to find out what his buddies are doing, he'd have to fucking click Internet Explorer, then spammed by all the shit that him and his buddies accidentally installed, and he STILL wouldn't be able to connect.

With Linux, you only have one problem.

Teaching them how to use the interface.

Anonymous said...

It's actually fun to watch this OLPC concept drift further and further from its goal.

Let's skrew the developing world some more by giving them Ubuntu. To quote frfrfr from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=623118

"I'd like to see the face of the teachers in Kenya each time one of these [Ubuntu] issues pops up. "Sorry 'Mbeele - we don't have internet this week, you'll have to use Windows 95 again.""

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As a long time Linux User.. Thank You! RMS is a loon! nuff said!

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Well RSM may be using an IBM T23 still but that doesn't mean he is not a technology bleeding edge man!

For example look at his solution for browsing the web safely http://lwn.net/Articles/262570


That was the most awesome way to browse the web EVER!!!! Man. Where did you find this. How did this guy even think about this?.

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