Just another day on the web
I saw this article on slashdot. Here is a quote of Microsoft platform strategy manager Bill Hilf:
“They are full-time employees, with 401K stock options. Some work for IBM or Oracle. What does that mean? It means that Linux doesn’t exist any more in 2007. There is no free software movement. If someone says Linux is about Love, Peace and Harmony, I would tell them to do their research. There is no free software movement any more. There is big commercial [firms] like IBM and there is small commercial [firms] like Ubuntu,” he said.
Wow. I though this guy did a pretty good job when he came on LugRadio a year and a half ago, but he obviously doesn’t get it. Free software has nothing to do with money — it’s about liberty. Since the software I run and create still retains liberty then obviously the free software movement still exists. Geez maybe we need to get RMS to pay him a visit and explain this concept.
Many of us doubted him back when he said he truly wanted to get rid of DRM. I was especially harsh when I told people his essay was just a load of crap designed to make the Apple customers feel like they are not doing harm to this world by supporting DRM. Another criticism was that he didn’t let independent labels put DRM-free MP3s on the iTunes Music Store. But now he has put his money where his mouth is. Thank you Steve, and congratulations to everyone who has been fighting for this.