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On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM, Rich Pieri <richard.pieri at>

> How does this solve the problem of RMS and Linus being dicks to everyone
> who isn't on board with their goals?

?As i said before, ?it may be necessary to not give a d*** about feelings
in order to accomplish big revolutionary things.

Just as it's helpful for a CEO/CIO to be a Sociopath -- it's hard to layoff
10% of staff soon enough to save 90% of staff's jobs longer-term if the
feels get to you. (Doesn't feel good to be in the 10% tho' ...)

   Sam Adams was quite a jerk, but he started a revolution here 240 years
ago. Hancock had to provide some diplomacy to hold it together. Most
movements need both the good-cop and the bad-cop.
   (MadDog Hall was the Hancock good-cop / Diplomat figure for Linux
revolution; hardly the screenname i'd have picked for our good-cop but what
can you do.)

What can you do?
If you disagree with their goals, say so.
If you disagree with their means, say so.
  (You are right that silence is assent.
  But there's no shortage of folks generically saying Linus, RMS, ESR, &
Lennart Poettering
   are jerks; it's reassuring victims of specific acts of jerkdom that has
If you find a better run project run by better people that is producing
better software, by all means, use it instead (and tell us). Or if not,
start one so others have that choice.

Bill Ricker
bill.n1vux at

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