Open Source has a lot in common with Terrorists.
- Both "groups" are decentralized, made of many sub-groups, and pretty much do what they want to do, believe what they want to believe, and are quite fluid in nature.
- Nobody knows how many people are part of the Open Source community. Nobody knows how many terrorists there are.
- Both groups are spread all over the world.
- Nobody speaks for the whole Open Source community, just as nobody speaks for all terrorists.
But that doesn't seem to stop Eric Raymond from opening his ever-growing mouth and claiming to speak for all of us. Yes, every single last one. Notice his use of "we" where he should be using "I" in his writing?
We regret that you have become the latest victim in the campaign of barratry, fraud, and stock-kiting that SCO has been waging. We want you to know that you are not alone, and that you have in fact just made a great many friends.
It's clear that he's referring to "The Linux community, and the wider open-source software movement of which it is a part" when he says "we" there.
And when bitching about CUPS:
...they may write crappy insecure overpriced shoddy software, but on this one issue their half-assed semi-competent best is an order of magnitude better than we usually manage.
I'm no terrorist, but I do consider myself part of the Open Source "movement" (or whatever you want to call it) as a user, advocate, and developer. Does that mean I have to agree with everything Eric says about Open Source?
I sure as hell hope not.
When I hear the translations of terrorists "leaders" ranting, it's pretty clear that they're trying to speak for their own little group of supporters and not the larger group of crazies.
Eric, please continue to fight for what you believe in. But don't drag my name (or those of my friends) through the mud in the process. I'm more than capable of doing that on my own.
Speak for yourself and let others do the same.
Posted by jzawodn at March 03, 2004 03:28 PM