Now let's say that the free software lawyers and other staff members of GPL related organizations did have reasonable salaries such as $70,000 or $50,000 for a single person (not $280K). Even a fair salary of $50K would still mean that free software is developed with money, and lots of it since it is a yearly salary, going to multiple people that work for FSF and are affiliated with FSF. So what is this quote about:
"You see Free Software has been so successful because we have shown we can develop software without any money."It is an outright lie and complete nonense. That's what it is about!
--Richard M. Stallman: The Dangers of Software Patents (2004-05-24)
Oh yes, GNU and FSF are sleazily masked as non-profit, especially with Stallman and his street bum appearance and clothing.
Cult leaders are always compensated much much more than the cult members. The cult members, the ones who use the GPL and LGPL license, write software mostly free of charge for the cult leaders to earn fame and money. Of course, Stallman says several times that "WE ARE ABLE TO PRODUCE SOFTWARE WITHOUT MONEY". Except, the half a million dollar compensation there that we see above.. paid to cult leaders. Some cult leaders receive three salaries for management, services, and fiddling with their nipples.
Little do the cult members (GPL software developers) know that they are supporting rich goons, the cult leaders, who horde all the funds for themselves.
The cult members keep brainwashing people into thinking cost has nothing to do with it, or little to do with it, by repeating this nonsense: "it's about free speech, not free cost" over and over. Repeating something over and over does not make it true (again, people might want to see or read George Orwell's 1984).
At one point in time, you will hear the crackpot hypocrite Mr. Stallman stating nonsense such as:
"You see Free Software has been so successful because we have shown we can develop software without any money."
At another point in time, one will hear exactly opposite advice:
"Free software is a matter of liberty, not price."Note, the above quotations are actual quotations.. they are not made up examples, rather they are actual quotations from Stallman and GNU license material. They completely contradict each other if you think about them carefully. When Stallman says they can develop software without any money, he is literally lying and defrauding people intentionally by not disclosing the actual salaries required to pay for "free software".
"Actually we encourage people who redistribute free software to charge as much as they wish or can.."
"If modified works or machine-readable versions of GPL- or LGPL-licensed software are distributed, they must be licensed at no charge to all third parties under the terms of this License."
The trick used by Stallman, mentioning that software must be free of charge, and at the same time that software should not be free of charge.. is the trick to attract both businesses and anti-businesses into his cult. People who want fame and more members in the cult, like Stallman, try and impress everyone on both sides of the forces. Even if the members of the cult are big businesses against what your cult stands for - free, no cost software - the cult still tries to attract those enemies into the cult so the cult will grow larger (and as a side effect: it grows sillier and sillier, with only morons falling for the whole scam, which unfortunately is a majority of the world ).
A truly a twisted lunatic, Stallman, and as many put it: a hypocrite.
Stallman's cult grows larger because it impresses everyone (who is a moron) - the ones against money, and the ones for money. Stallman has enemies joining his cult - everyone - BIG Businesses, and Business Haters at the same time. Stallman, a genius, has actually found a way to get the enemies working together so he can be more famous. Whether it be Sun Microsystems and MySQL, SuSE (which is tied to microsoft through novell agreements), Stallman gets them joined in somehow to promote his cult (directly or indirectly).
Stallman is very successful in managing one of the largest trickster cults in the world. Stallman is also one of the most successful English manipulators and English tricksters.. convincing fools worldwide of his nonsense. Might we also congratulate Stallman on his excellent propaganda skills too. He truly is a genius. Clever, but a fraud. Stallman is an expert in his crime.
The GPL (so called FREE SOFTWARE LICENSE) is one of the longest, most confusing, and most restricting licenses in the world (i.e. not free).
The philosophy and the "four freedoms" that someone made up on a Tuesday evening are pure horse shit.
According to freedom one, I can run software for any purpose. True freedom indeed. So since I can use it for any purpose, does that include running a script to remove any traces of GPL licenses and re-licensing it all as BSD/MIT? I mean, that is true freedom.. to be able to use software for ANY purpose.
How about FREEDOM NUMBER 5 that Stallman missed: the ability to put source code and programs on someone's credit card, and the freedom to hold back software source code from people (since I have the freedom after all).
Oh, there are two answers to this one from the same person. One is that software freedom is NOT about price and that you can charge whatever you want for the software, and it is ENCOURAGED to make money off GPL. Two, is that "they must be licensed at no charge to all third parties under the terms of this License.". Oops. Pooper. Check your hypocrisy alarm for a dead 9 volt battery, or read the GNU website for more details on the latest and greatest OFFICIAL definition of FREEDOM by our cult leader RICHARD STALLMAN. Be warned that the OFFICIAL definition of freedom changes every other week.
The GNU, FSF, and GPL are one giant bowl of exception after exception cereal (Stallmanism, not freedom).
True vagueness. A mess indeed. Is it really about freedom, or maybe is it an opinion of one lunatic who has modified his definition of FREEDOM and COST so many times that one cannot take the man seriously since ... not today, but since about 1980 something when he released the GNU MANIFESTO.
What about the ten commandments? Are those in the GPL too? Why is Stallman, one must ask, the official definer of FREEDOM?
But forget being sensible for a moment folks. Just head over to the GNU website and believe it all. Hidden in 5200 lines of rambling garbage about a distorted opinion of a demented man that has grown into a disease is a line that talks about FREE COST. The software MUST remain free of cost, according to the license. But folks, this is not about cost. It is not about cost. Get your ears checked. I said it was not about cost. But it is about cost.