I just saw a submission in our upcoming queue from the linsux.org site which links to a forum in which one of the linsux.org members - among other things - encourages other members and readers of linsux.org to join the FSDaily community in order to vote down all stories from Boycott Novell. While, it was evident from this that at least some of the linsux.org members oppose Boycott Novell, and clear from looking around the site that they oppose "Linux", I became curious to know exactly what the aims of the site and it's community as a whole are and exactly what it was they're opposed to.
I tried to have a look around on the site but I didn't find an about page on the site and the search feature seemed to be broken for me at the time due to the CAPTCHA system not displaying CAPTCHA images. So, seeing as at least some of them visit FSDaily, I thought I'd ask any of their community who read this to respond.
I would like to know the following:
- What is the aim of your site/community? Simply being opposed to "Linux" doesn't give us the full picture.
- Also what exactly is it that the linsux.org community are opposed to? Regarding the following points: are you opposed to them, and either way how do you feel about each of them and why?:
- the Linux kernel OR the GNU/Linux OS OR both?
- Linus Torvalds?
- the FSF?
- Richard Stallman (like many other BSDers are)?
- the GPL and similar licenses?
- free (as opposed to open source) software?
- open source software?
- software patents?
- proprietary software?
- the open source community?
- the free software community?
I mean, as FreeBSD supporters, I guess they aren't anti-free software as such, but perhaps they see themselves as pragmatists in regard to licensing and therefore are only interested in quality and not necessarily in the ability to access and modify the code?
To be clear, I don't mind either way, I'm just wondering - different strokes for different folks. As far as I'm concerned, everyone is entitled to their opinion... And, while we may not agree, we can at least disagree in an agreeable fashion, without impinging on each other's freedom.
I also would like to say that, even if the majority of the FSDaily community think it isn't okay for them to submit posts that are negative toward free software, it IS fine by me. But it's also fine for the majority of the FSDaily community to vote them down and comment on them. And, while, I'm opposed to personal attacks and/or obscenities, I do believe _most_ criticism can be useful (and almost always a requirement) for development and progress to occur (although, obviously, constructive criticism is better for this). Furthermore, even though negative posts are often voted down by the majority of the FSDaily community, negative submissions are often interesting for our community to read. Even the less constructive stuff can be interesting and useful because it helps the community to see what and how our opponents think. Ultimately, though, I don't have a say in what people submit (I do remove submissions that are off topic, offensive and/or spam) and I don't choose which stories get promoted - as you most likely already know, the FSDaily community does that, and all you have to do to have your say is sign up.
If the linsux.org community are going to join up to FSDaily and participate, I hope they can be encouraged to participate more constructively and in more ways than just by blindly voting down certain posts. It's really important for them - and everyone else - to post (civil and articulate) comments, rather than just voting negatively. Positive votes on stories that they do agree with would obviously be welcome and, it would also be good to see a variety of submissions - not just anti-Linux or anti-Boycott Novell submissions. Pro-FreeBSD posts, for example, would be greatly appreciated. The pro-Linux community and the pro-FreeBSD community do share some common ground and both groups should be welcome in the FSDaily community.
I've always intended for FSDaily to be a forum for the free software community to share news and articles and to discuss (and debate) the issues raised in a positive and constructive manner. And, despite the fact that, by it and it's community's very nature, it promotes free software, FSDaily isn't meant to be a propaganda machine for Linux, GNU/Linux, the GPL, RMS, the FSF, Boycott Novell or another sub-group within the free software community. In fact, it's not even meant to be a propaganda machine for free software itself - that's just a by-product.
Having said all of this, I have two messages:
- To any of the linsux.org people: feel free to register if you haven't already. Please do contribute to FSDaily positively or, at the very least, constructively. And, please, invite more of the free software community to join in. I look forward to some healthy and constructive debates in the future.
- To the rest of the FSDaily community: please treat negativity, not as an insult, but as an opportunity - an opportunity to learn more about our opponents and (more importantly) ourselves, and to use that knowledge to our advantage for the good of all of us.
All the best!