|FROM ||Ruben I Safir
|SUBJECT ||Re: [hangout] Embrace and...
On 2003.06.14 21:15 Dave Williams wrote:
> I have to agree that the GNU/Free Software movement could use some
> dynamic leadership.
> ESR and Perens' Open Source Initiative has been successful at
> popularizing itself because it plays to the middle -- the kind of
> agreeable centrist approach that can help you make friends and get your
> picture in the paper, but ultimately accomplishes little.
ESR and Peren's are useless. The object of Free Software is not to
move the community to the center but is to move the center back to
where it was before the extortion racket was accepted as a standard business
> If Bradley Kuhn cannot bring himself to represent it he
> should stick with his day job.
IMO - Bradly needs to be let go for a stronger advocate who sells
free software without compromise. His apearence at egovos was very
damaging and lent the prestige of the FSF to the egovos dog and pony show
whether he was there as a private citiezen or not. Brad is a public figure.
He has no private activities. He represents FSF even at a family bar-Mitzhah
and especially at a public gathering such as egovos.
> If Richard is too focused on the minutia
> of software development then someone should be retained to publicly
> represent the organization.
The problem with Richard's aproach is that people know they can distract
him with a ton of details, each of which he analyzes while the public message
goes out selling DRM and slaveware. It's something that Free Software needs to overcome.
I call this paralisis of analysis.
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