Porquê eu prefiro o Linus do que o Stallman
Sobre seus sistemas
Stallman: “Once GNU is written, everyone will be able to obtain good system software free, just like air.”
Linus: “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.”
– Linux é um dos maiores players do mercado em termos de servidor. Está indo bem (apesar da distância do líder) também nos desktops.
– GNU/Hurd quem?
Sobre o reconhecimento público de suas obras:
Stallman: “Giving the Linus Torvalds Award to the Free Software Foundation is a bit like giving the Han Solo Award to the Rebel Alliance”
Linus: “I’m basically a very lazy person who likes to get credit for things other people actually do.”
Sobre software proprietário junto com software livre:
Stallman: “We need to teach people to refuse to install non-free plug-ins; we need to teach people to care more about their long-term interest of freedom than their immediate desire to view a particular site.”
Linus: “Anybody who tells me I can’t use a program because it’s not open source, go suck on rms. I’m not interested. 99% of that I run tends to be open source, but that’s _my_ choice, dammit.”
Sobre editores de texto:
Stallman: “You can use any editor you want, but remember that vi vi vi is the text editor of the beast.”
Linus: “An infinite number of monkeys typing into GNU emacs would never make a good program”.
Sobre suas metodologias de trabalho:
Stallman: “If you want to accomplish something in the world, idealism is not enough–you need to choose a method that works to achieve the goal. In other words, you need to be pragmatic.”
Linus: “See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too ;-)”
Sobre conquistar o mundo:
Stallman: “Today many people are switching to free software for purely practical reasons. That is good, as far as it goes, but that isn’t all we need to do! Attracting users to free software is not the whole job, just the first step.”
Linus: “Really, I’m not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.”
Comentário: Como diria o Chaves, foi sem-querer-querendo.
Sobre o objetivo de suas viagens:
Stallman: “If in my lifetime the problem of non-free software is solved, I could perhaps relax and write software again. But I might instead try to help deal with the world’s larger problems. Standing up to an evil system is exhilarating, and now I have a taste for it.”
Linus: “If you want to travel around the world and be invited to speak at a lot of different places, just write a Unix operating system.”
Comentário: Isso explica porquê o Stallman vai pro Brasil enquanto o Linus vai pra Austrália. 😉
Sobre suas motivações em relação ao Software Livre:
Stallman: “I could have made money this way, and perhaps amused myself writing code. But I knew that at the end of my career, I would look back on years of building walls to divide people, and feel I had spent my life making the world a worse place.”
Linus: “Software is like sex; it’s better when it’s free.”
Comentários: Como se chama a Sra. Stallman mesmo? Ah, sim… Não existe uma senhora Stallman.