Re: Into the Belly of the Beast

Kragen Sitaker (
Fri, 2 Jul 1999 13:36:10 -0400 (EDT)

Joshco writes:
> While I enjoyed his engineering culture stuff, I, and most
> others IMHO, were unconvinced of the OSS business models he was
> proposing.

Have you checked out the archives of the FSB mailing list?

> As for his motivations, I've met eric a few times and I like him.
> If you haven't or at least heard him speak in person, then I
> recommend you give him some slack.

Well, I agree, but I doubt your recommendation will carry much weight
among those who most need to follow it -- the free-software folks who
feel betrayed by him. You are, after all, the primary author of
Halloween I. While that doesn't make you an Evil Villain, it might
make your motives suspect among those who feel this way about ESR.

> The short motive, I would guess,is that eric gave his speech in hopes of
> convincing us of the validity of the OSS business model.
> That seems like a perfectly admirable intention to me.

I think you are probably right.

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