Metaprogramming and Free Availability of Sources

Richard Stallman
Sun, 4 Jul 1999 00:12:47 -0400

    Anyway, I think they have potential. They're
    definitely the Linux of the politics industry (with Democrats, Republicans,
    and Perot-ans corresponding respectively to Microsoft, Apple, and Be :-) ).

These correspondances don't seem like good analogies, except perhaps
for the first one.  If "Linux" is used in the strict sense, to refer
to the kernel Linus Torvalds wrote, that first analogy might be valid.

But if you're talking about the operating system in which that kernel
became popular, that system comes from the GNU Project.  The GNU
philosophy has nothing to do with Libertarianism.  The inspiration
comes from Liberalism.  It is based on the idea that we have a
responsibility to build our community and help others, not just a
freedom to take advantage of it and disregard others.