Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Recently, when I ran a transcript of a talk given by Richard Stallman at the Australian National University, I never expected to get any adverse remarks about him and on the views expressed by him on problems faced by the free software community. But that was not to be.
I was appalled to find a lot of comments ridiculing RMS for the views aired by him on various sensitive topics. In fact, the sheer number of these negative comments make me feel that these were made not by free software users but by people who have a stake in proprietary software and they were making these comments posing as GNU users to spread FUD among potential free software converts. In real life, I have yet to come across a person who finds use for free software and who hold negative views about the leaders who made this possible. And if somebody does that, I would call it crass opportunism. RMS, Linus Torvalds, Bruce Prens, Alan Cox and many others have made great contribution in the evolution of GNU and open source movement to its present form.
But let us analyse what RMS said in his talk.