Friday Oct 03, 2008

Stallman on OpenSolaris

Interview with Richard Stallman, Founding Father of Free Software: "OpenSolaris is already free software, and I can endorse it as such. If Sun releases it under GPLv3, that will be even better; however, when choosing between free programs, the main factor is practical." -- Richard Stallman

Nice to see OpenSolaris come up in this interview. Stallman also chimed in on an OpenSolaris conversation a few years ago talking about licensing. I remember that conversation well. Stallman's mail got caught up in the opensolaris-discuss moderator queue (me) since he wasn't subscribed to the list, so I had to approve his messages. Fun.

Saturday Dec 25, 2004

Richard Stallman on OpenSolaris

Special thanks goes to Umang Kumar for pointing to Richard Stallman's interview. I totally missed it. I had been wondering when Stallman would check in with some comments on OpenSolaris, and I think this the first time he has done so. I met Stallman a few years ago when he came to Sun to talk free software. He certainly believes in what he says, that's for sure. Pretty amazing character. Nothing he says here surprises me in any way:

FB: What do you think about reports that Sun Microsystems will create an open source project around its Solaris 10 operating system?
RMS: I am not sure what that means concretely, and I do not advocate open source. If Sun makes Solaris free software, then it will be respecting the users' freedom. That is the right thing to do. Making Solaris free would be a substantial contribution to the free software community, but since we already have software (GNU/Linux) that does more or less the same thing, it would not be a major contribution such as OpenOffice was or as freeing Java would be.

FB: Do you think to promote something like a fork or maybe replace Hurd with its kernel?
RMS: I do not understand that question. Fork of what? Replace Hurd with whose kernel?

FB: I was talking about replacing the Hurd kernel with the Solaris 10 kernel (obviously only if free software).
RMS: This would be possible, but I don't see a purpose in it. There is already a free kernel that works quite well with the GNU system--namely, Linux. Why would we want to replace it with the kernel of Solaris?

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