OpenBSD 4.3 Song Rips RMS

This brings a smile to my face. With the imminent (May 1st) release of OpenBSD 4.3 comes the release of the official song for the release. The target for 4.3: Richard Stallman.

OpenBSD release song lyrics:

We are just plain tired of being lectured to by a man who is a lot like Naomi Campbell.

In 1998 when a United Airlines plane was waiting in the queue at Chicago Airport for take-off to New Orleans (where a Usenix conference was taking place), one man stood up from his seat, demanded that they stop waiting in the queue and be permitted to deplane. Even after orders from the crew and a pilot from the cockpit he refused to sit down. The plane exited the queue and returned to the airport gangway. Security personnel ran onto the plane and removed this man, Richard Stallman, from the plane. After Richard was removed from the plane, everyone else stayed onboard and continued their journey to New Orleans. A few OpenBSD developers were on that same plane, seated very closeby, so we have an accurate story of the events.

This is the man who presumes that he should preach to us about morality, freedom, and what is best for us. He believes it is his God-given role to tell us what is best for us, when he has shown that he takes actions which are not best for everyone. He prefers actions which he thinks are best for him — and him alone — and then lies to the public. Richard Stallman is no Spock.

We release our software in ways that are maximally free. We remove all restrictions on use and distribution, but leave a requirement to be known as the authors. We follow a pattern of free source code distribution that started in the mid-1980’s in Berkeley, from before Richard Stallman had any powerful influence which he could use so falsely.

Among the lyrics:
“And rule two dictates
You must give it to me
So I can give it away properly for free”

“The list goes on of course
But for traders this is all you need”

“This is madness!
He has lost his mind!
This defies the first law of free trade
Rule zero came before this rule one
Freedom means you cannot dictate to anyone”

This is payback for Stallman’s decision to flame OpenBSDers in recent months, objecting to things in the ports tree that are either proprietary or under licenses he finds objectionable. He said this makes OpenBSD non-free. Too bad he doesn’t understand OpenBSD is more ‘free’ than any other OS, including Linux — Theo doesn’t include any binary blobs and OpenBSD has reverse-engineered things which would’ve required binary blobs (such as the Malo driver I used before selling my Marvell Libertas card).

The lyrics page concludes by pointing out that Stallman makes sure GNU/FSF software will compile and run on Windows: “That man is a false leader. He is a hypocrite. There may be some people who listen to him. But we don’t listen to people who do not follow their own stupid rules.”

BSD is really about ‘free’ and really about ‘freedom.’ GPL is about neither.

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