Subject: Re: Essay RFC delayed.
From: "Eric S. Raymond" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 1999 03:12:37 -0400

Richard Stallman <>:
> However, Eric and the Open Source movement deliberately avoid the
> issues that I focus on most: issues of principle.  They do not say
> that we deserve freedom to share and change software, or urge people
> to refuse to give up their freedom by accepting non-free software.

That's right.  If we did that, we would confuse and/or alienate
everybody but the 5% of the population wired just like hackers.  Which
is exactly what you did for fifteen years.

When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is *stop digging*.
		<a href="Eric">">Eric S. Raymond</a>

The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as
the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral
check against usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally,
even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist
and triumph over them."
        -- Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story of the John Marshall Court