Stallman, the Good Parts
- He's skeptical of object oriented programming, and the hype behind it.
- He's skeptical of religious people and has held up signs like "question God"
or "deny God" or similar. I can't remember exactly, whether it was just a
statement on his website or a sign he held up. The fact that he is a skeptic is good.
It would be ironic, though, if Stallman was inside an A.I. lisp simulation and he really
did have a God, a lisp god programmer above him, possibly himself, as in the Thirteenth
Floor where units are above other units, in virtual worlds, playing their units.
(Personally I don't fully deny that God exists myself, I just think that if he does exist, God has
got to be the biggest fucking idiot and retard (and extremly poor programmer) to ever
exist. Evolution, for example has all the evidence needed to declare "stupid design". Kind
of like a poorly coded lisp program that recodes itself over time to generate
idiots running around killing each other.)
- He's not a pussy that uses the same C source indentation as every other brainwashed
bondage and discipline C programmer. i.e. Linus torvalds 8 space tabs.
Tabs are cool, but so are 2 space indentations, and lisp indentation is also interesting.
Note: as I said, not all GNG folk would agree here, many people love their 8 space tabs.
I'm a fan of 4 space tabs or 2 spaces depending on the language. 8 space linus torvalds
style code just has too much useless whitespace.
Stallman uses an interesting style in C code that pretty much no one else uses, and he's even a fan of Closures (extended
C procedures inside procedures). Closures are interesting. i.e. if Stallman would just
get back to programming, using his neat style, and unique programming talent, instead of
rambling about b.s. philosophies that contradict themselves and himself...
that'd be great. And please
Stallman, use clear english, not rambly contradictary b.s.
- He has actually written code, and a lot of it. (Although many would consider GCC and Emacs bloatware and
a virus, the only viruses that ever existed on Unix.) Emacs is a grand undertaking and
an interesting product, probably the first true plugin system. Actually he probably stole it
from another unix app written earlier and then expanded. Too bad he doesn't write
code any more, and has admitted such.
- He has caused more code to be written by BSD programmers, because more crappy GNU code
out there means more BSD programmers competing, writing better less buggy code. In other words GNU
is a useful troll, albeit an extremely obnoxious one. For example GCC has pretty much
been replaced with GoLang, not released under GPL. Actually no, it hasn't replaced GCC,
that's a futurist prediction joke. But, there are other C compilers out there
that are much simpler than GCC, released under BSD/MIT/Public like licenses.
- He is skeptical of C++ and that's a good thing, and as previously mentioned, OOP.
- He is not a fan of software surveillance and is concerned with privacy. However he
rarely thanks OpenSSH ever, or other BSD code that exists inside his "gnu linux" which
is not gnu linux at all, but rather a bsd/linux or a bsd/gnu/linux
- He has started to release more of his speeches on video, offering free consulting
or digitally replicated consulting (only because of GNG pointing this proprietary
consulting hypocrisy out). Whether this makes him poorer
and more of a bum I don't know. But the fact that GNG may have had some influence,
indirectly or some way, is interesting.
- He is critical of Apple locking you in and dumbing you down. Apple is a bizarre company
that is basically an interesting BSD variant, however they tend to act as a sort of monopoly
where only apple knows best and tries to control you. Stallman had many comments on this.
Personally I'm skeptical of Apple just like Stallman, but
it's still a neat BSD system with a good GUI (compared to crappy Linux GUI's that try
hard, but fail). Although, his comments on the death of Steve Jobs were in
bad taste, and I don't agree with them there. I'm glad Stallman is skeptical of Apple, but
I don't think his comments on Steve Jobs death were appropriate.
- GNU produces some good humor, such as
this Islam joke (but they could have made
it funnier, still, 10 points). See also Skeptical of GNU humor
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