On Tuesday 20 November 2001 00:58, cybersean3000 at yahoo.com wrote:
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Bill Gates had a part in the creation of the Free Software movement, anyway,
but as one of the uber-villains, way back in 1976:
Once upon a time, nearly all software came with source, under informal terms,
and people generally thought nothing of sharing it. Computer manufacturers
made money off the hardware sales, and the software was just a part of the
system to be customised at will by the end-user (who were mainly working in
academic research environments, or sometimes financial or military
Then, in 1976, a certain young man wrote a rather nasty letter* to all those
programmers who were "working for free" in his eyes, and kicked off the
Proprietary Software movement in a big way,thus spawning the past 25 years of
pointless wheel-reinvention that is the commercial, closed-source software
*See "An Open Letter to Hobbyists", William Henry Gates III, releases
on February 3, 1976.
Gate's genius was never as a programmer, but as a maestro of establishing
a legal and business framework allowing unscrupulous programmers to sell the
same artificially-scarce abstract goods to idiot consumers over and over
This provided one of the main kicks to RMS to formalise the Free Software
movement (that, and Gosling producing a proprietary reimplementation of RMS's
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